benign

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From Old French benigne, from Latin benignus (kind, good), from bonus (good) + genus (origin, kind). Compare malign.

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benign (comparative benigner or more benign, superlative benignest or most benign)

  1. Kind; gentle; mild.
    • (of a climate or environment) mild and favorable
    • not harmful to the environment: [in combination] an ozone-benign refrigerant.
  2. (medicine) Not posing any serious threat to health; not particularly aggressive or recurrent.

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