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From benign +‎ -ant, on the model of malignant.



benignant (comparative more benignant, superlative most benignant)

  1. (now rare) Kind; gracious; favorable.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 417:
      Here Nature appears in her richest attire, and Art, dressed with the modestest simplicity, attends her benignant mistress.
    • 1853 October, J. B. Cayol, “Art. I. Memoir upon Typhoid Fever and Typhoidism. By J. B. Cayol, formerly Professor of Clinical Medicine to the Faculty of Paris; Member of Many Learned Socieities at Home and Abroad, etc. (Translated from the Revue Médicale.)”, in Drs. Otis and McCaw, editors, The Virginia Medical and Surgical Journal, volume II, Richmond, Va.: Printed by Colin & Nowlan, OCLC 654422017, page 3:
      The most idiotic medicaster, when he had named, or, as they term it, diagnosticated a typhoid fever, found himself upon a level with the medical celebrities of the epoch. [] If the patient died, that was perfectly simple: he had a typhoid fever to which he was inevitably doomed to succumb! If he recovered, what a noble triumph for the medicaster, even when he had perhaps arbitrarily imposed the name of typhoid upon a simple and benignant fever, as is constantly done!