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benign

Pathol (of a tumour, etc.) not threatening to life or health; not malignant

benign

[bə′nīn]
(medicine)
Of no danger to life or health.
References in classic literature ?
The gentleman with a helmet there, who regards us so benignly, will presently earn a shilling by calling me a hansom.
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.
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.
By comparison the Pastoral was benignly expansive, allowing oodles of space and time for details to emerge, especially in the felicitous woodwind.
What Garber's somewhat solemn concept does not do, though, is foreshadow either the wit of Kelly's calibrated array of head tosses, hair flips, nasal snorts, and an upper-lip maneuver that benignly evokes Mitchell's own, or the simultaneous feeling that he has somehow restored her music's authenticity.
For while Gumbel is his usual smooth, steady and occasionally unpredictable self, willing to confront interviewees with at least nominally challenging questions, he has been surrounded by a coterie of benignly bland second bananas.
What may have been missing from my stories in the first couple of years, though, was the benignly driven voice of Eros, at once selfish and self-effacing.
To forget that the sport is founded on animal exploitation - however benignly intentioned - and on gambling.
While the deaf in rural Mexico tend to be benignly neglected, in a few cities people like Imelda can get some special training.
He concludes, perhaps a tad too benignly, by in part conceding that Farrakhan is a man ``of unhealthy fixations,'' notably a rampant anti-Semitism that Gates sees as showing the characteristics of psychological obsession.
Peter Schjeldahl has described the experience of encountering one of these heads: "I felt less that I was looking than that I was being benignly but very aggressively looked at.
After leaving the rally with three young black women -- most notably the mysterious and alluring Nina (Hally Berry) -- he stays up all night at an after-hours club where he smokes pot and bops benignly all over the premises.