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Meaning of benign

be•nign

Pronunciation: (bi-nīn'), [key]
— adj.
  1. having a kindly disposition; gracious: a benign king.
  2. showing or expressive of gentleness or kindness: a benign smile.
  3. favorable; propitious: a series of benign omens and configurations in the heavens.
  4. (of weather) salubrious; healthful; pleasant or beneficial.
  5. not malignant; self-limiting.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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