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Meaning of benignant

be•nig•nant

Pronunciation: (bi-nig'nunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. kind, esp. to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign.
  2. exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president.
  3. benign.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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