benignant /bɪˈnɪɡnənt/

b

I. adjective

1. kindly and benevolent

an old man with a benignant expression.
2.
[Medicine] a less common term for benign.
3.
‹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.

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