I. adjective 1. kindly and benevolent • an old man with a benignant expression.
[Medicine] a less common term for benign.
‹archaic› having a good effect; beneficial
• the benignant touch of love and beauty.
II. derivatives 1. benignancy /bɪˈnɪɡnənsi / noun
2. benignantly adverb
– origin late 18th cent.: from benign, or Latin benignus, on the pattern of malignant.