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a. Having little or no detrimental effect; harmless: a benign chemical; benign indifference.
b. Of no danger to health; not malignant or disease-causing: a benign tumor.
2. Tending to exert a beneficial influence; favorable: a policy with benign consequences for the economy.
a. Gentle or kind: "a world regarded as the creative product of a benign God" (Nicholas Rescher).
b. Showing gentleness or kindness: a benign smile. See Synonyms at kind1.

[Middle English benigne, from Old French, from Latin benignus; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

be·nign′ly adv.
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Adv.1.benignly - in a benign manner; "this drug is benignly soporific"
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بِلَطافَه، بِرِقَّةٍ
góîfúslega, góîgjarnlega


[bɪˈnaɪnlɪ] ADV
1. (= kindly) [smile, say] → benévolamente, con benevolencia
2. (= favourably) → con benignidad, benignamente
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[bɪˈnaɪnli] adv (= kindly) [smile, look, say] → avec bienveillancebenign neglect ndouce insouciance f
policy of benign neglect → politique f de douce insouciance, politique f de laisser-faire indulgent
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[bɪˈnaɪnlɪ] advcon benevolenza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(biˈnain) adjective
1. kind, well-wishing. a benign smile.
2. not fatal. a benign tumour.
beˈnignly adverb
smiling benignly.
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References in classic literature ?
The licencee knew all his customers by name, and he leaned over his bar smiling benignly at two young men who were throwing rings on a stick that stood up from the floor: their failure was greeted with a good deal of hearty chaff from the rest of the company.
He leaned over his spade and smiled benignly at his visitor.
'Certainly, my boy; certainly,' said the gentleman in the white waistcoat: smiling benignly, and patting Noah's head, which was about three inches higher than his own.
"Go on, go on!" added Winkle and Tupman, while the President bowed benignly.
Rachel never looked so truly and benignly happy as at the head of her table.
The gentleman with a helmet there, who regards us so benignly, will presently earn a shilling by calling me a hansom.
She is almost a child herself, and the little pink round things will hang about her like florets round the central flower; and the husband will look on, smiling benignly, able, whenever he chooses, to withdraw into the sanctuary of his wisdom, towards which his sweet wife will look reverently, and never lift the curtain.
It was no riddle to her, as it had been to her niece earlier in the evening, why the same hard work had dealt so benignly with Martin and so uncharitably with herself.
Fortunately one of the little old ladies, who for some time had been smiling very benignly, now approached and asked if she might be allowed to sit where Mr.
Pickwick's, he unbent, relaxed, stepped down from his pedestal, and walked upon the ground, benignly adapting his remarks to the comprehension of the herd, and seeming in outward form, if not in spirit, to be one of them.
I found Renfield sitting placidly in his room with his hands folded, smiling benignly. At the moment he seemed as sane as any one I ever saw.
"Yes," I went on, "we do, indeed"; and again I smiled benignly, as I uttered that amazing lie.