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English definition of “benign”

benign

adjective uk   /bɪˈnaɪn/ us  

benign adjective (PERSON)

pleasant and kind: a benign old lady

benign adjective (DISEASE)

describes a tumour that is not likely to cause death: a benign tumour
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benignly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The policeman smiled benignly at the motorist.
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