• WordNet 3.6
    • n benignancy the quality of being kind and gentle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cat scratch disease, a benign but sometimes painful disease of short duration, is caused by a bacillus. Despite its name, the disease can be transmitted by many kinds of scratches besides those of cats.
    • n Benignancy Benignant quality; kindliness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benignancy Benignant quality or manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benignancy benignant quality
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  • Giambattista Vico
    Giambattista Vico
    “The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. benigne—L. benignus, for benigenus; bene, well, genus, born.


In literature:

The genii of the East have woven this banner from the rays of benignant stars.
"Leila, Complete The Siege of Granada" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Gentleness and mercy should blend their benign influences with justice.
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I" by Francis Augustus Cox
Who could approach him without feeling the benign influence, and being benefitted by the rich supply?
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
It is benign as are all processes.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
Benignant Mr. DIBBLE sat near a front window of his office, and received the visitor with legal serenity.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 24, September 10, 1870" by Various
Affirm that thou hast received a sovereign medicine from the hands of benignant spirits.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
Peggy and Peter received us benignly; so universal a solvent is success, even in turkey-hunting!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
The captain looked down at the shaking body with a singular, benign, and fatherly smile.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
The thing would be so curiously benignant, it were a pity it should not take place.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
Outside the Colonel poised himself in gala attitude, and benignantly surveyed our quiet little Main Street in both directions.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson

In poetry:

The Primrose for a veil had spread
The largest of her upright leaves;
And thus, for purposes benign,
A simple flower deceives.
"A Wren's Nest" by William Wordsworth
Far down the depth of thousand years,
And marks the revel shine;
Her dusky face is lit with sober light,
Sibylline, yet benign.
""Formerly A Slave"" by Herman Melville
For God and goodness are the same,
On all those rays benignant fall,
Love is the ever-during name,
Embracing and pervading all.
"Scriptural Hymn" by John Bowring
There is the warm, congenial smile,
Benign, and honest, too,
Free from deception, fraud, and guile;
The smile of friendship true.
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
We know that still that horn is filled
With blessings for our race,
And we calmly look thro' winter's storm
To thy benignant face.
"Thanksgiving" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Christ's the Samaritan, so kind,
Who on the road our wounds did bind,
And to the inn benignly led,
Where we were comforted, and fed.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Comments on the clinical practice guidelines on otitis media: The case against aggressive, expensive and ineffective treatment of a benign disease.
Indiana Jones himself had his doctors reccomend that he get a benign lump on his nose removed.
'Maple and Vine' benign but creepy.
Man with benign brain tumor who used cellphone for job merits compensation.
Italian court blames benign brain tumor on cell phone use.
ROME – Italy's top court has ruled that a businessman developed a benign brain tumor because he held a cellphone to his ear for hours daily for his job and deserves worker's compensation.
Dueling messages call marijuana ' benign ' and 'risky'.
Hello, QE3: More Help For Economy At A Benign Cost.
Benign Kiawah offers plenty of low scores.
Answers to Benign and Scary Social Security Questions.
Adam Scott ties course record with 64 and lead a benign British Open.
Mild and mainly benign weather pattern continues into next week.
Enrollment Competed in Benign Stricture Study of WallFlex Biliary RX Stent.
Sheryl Crow is blaming her excessive cell phone use for the development of her benign brain tumor , which doctors discovered earlier this year.
Sheryl Crow took to the stage at the 66th annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre in New York Sunday night -- it was her first public appearance since her stunning revelation that she has a benign brain tumor .

In science:

Tractability of Theory Patching Theorem  (Propositional soundness) A theory patching algorithm is sound if and only if (a) the last revision it performs to each component c is benign and (b) the algorithm returns FAIL only when no such benign revision exists.
Tractability of Theory Patching
Suppose a given theory patching algorithm terminates and the last revision it performs to each component c is benign.
Tractability of Theory Patching
On the other hand, if the algorithm returns FAIL, by assumption no benign repair exists for some component c, and so (cid:0) is not repairable.
Tractability of Theory Patching
The di(cid:14)culty of proving soundness and completeness of theory patching under a restricted revision function stems from the fact that in such cases it is di(cid:14)cult to (cid:12)nd benign revisions.
Tractability of Theory Patching
The PTR algorithm uses a probabilistic heuristic to decide where to repair such that later revisions to a component are stronger than earlier revisions and the last revision to a component is guaranteed to be benign (Koppel et al.,  ).
Tractability of Theory Patching