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  • a  not dangerous to health; not recurrent or progressive (especially of a tumor)
  • a  pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
    a benign smile
    the benign sky
    the benign influence of pure air
  • s  kindness of disposition or manner
    the benign ruler of millions
    benign intentions

  • There was some debate whether U.S. is the most benign power in human history, creating a new world order that allowed potential rivals to emerge.
  • India and Pakistan, deadly rivals, were engaged in a benign competition: each was trying to outdo the other in the warmth of its greetings to Visitor Jacqueline Kennedyand .
  • Soft-spoken and courteous, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 66, looks too benign to be an inquisitor.
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  • Tiger Wood in International Herald Tribune
    I've got to go practice first of all and get organized and be ready for tomorrow,Woods said. "It's just a matter of going out there and making a bunch of birdies. The golf course is pretty benign."
  • Barack Obama in ABC News (blog)
    We know how important this is,Obama says in his weekly address, "We've all seen groups with benign-seeming names sponsoring television commercials that make accusations and assertions designed to influence the public debate and sway...
  • Kyle Sampson in Forbes
    Gonzales' former chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, told Leahy's committee last month that the firings were a "benign rather than sinister story."

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