Definition of 'benign'
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But under the surface, things look considerably less benign. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She looked at me blankly, with the kind of benign smile that suggested I might have imagined it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The proteins could also distinguish between tumours that were benign and malignant. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It could have cost me my job had my bosses been less benign. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We are not in a benign economic environment. The Sun (2010)Why would something so benign feel so scary? Christianity Today (2000)He had a benign smile and forearms like hams. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is presumably not a trend being reflected in the relatively benign employment statistics. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The curators of the exhibition take a more benign view. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Some benign tumours tend to become malignant. The Dictionary of Nutritional Health (1986)The privatisation programme is being launched against a relatively benign economic background. Times, Sunday Times (2006)These have been relatively benign and do not suggest any awful shocks to come. Times, Sunday Times (2015)How do they come to such a benign view? Times, Sunday Times (2016)He was first diagnosed with a benign tumour nine years ago. The Sun (2008)The effects so far look relatively benign. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But benign tumours account for nine in ten lumps. The Sun (2013)An alternative view is that the liquidity squeeze is symptomatic of less benign changes in the financial landscape. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But it is a benign something. Times, Sunday Times (2012)My quarry is rather less benign. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They are very common, entirely benign and harmless. The Sun (2014)His kind of Anglicanism is benign and pretty harmless. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The benign economic conditions now prevailing in the world could not last, he said. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Let's take a benign view of local conditions too. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The big question is what happens next year, when the outlook is much less benign. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The benign economic background since the mid-1990s is not inherently destined to continue. Times, Sunday Times (2006)A love of the familiar and the secure is a harmless emotion; benign, and yet powerful. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'benign'
British English: benign ADJECTIVE
You use benign to describe someone who is kind, gentle, and harmless.
They are normally a more benign audience.
Definition of benign from the Collins English Dictionary
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