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She predicts benign economic conditions through next year.
  kindly, mild, or harmless
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benign benignly
Also used to describe a tumor that is not life-threatening.
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  • She predicts benign economic conditions through next year.
  • She said she has the power to crush me, but is benign by nature and so will not harm me unless I make trouble.
  • 80% of tumors are benign.
  • His face was fatherly and benign, and his eyes twinkled with friendship.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl

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  • One morning in the beginning of December, Dr. O’Holleran called me at home with strange news: not only was the tissue benign; it was entirely normal.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • And beneath his benign reply, I sense a warning.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • They don’t know whether his weirdness is benign or not.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He appears as a benign being, a peace-maker,
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The community, relieved from its discomfort very slightly by her benign statement, seemed to breathe more easily.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The belly of the plane groaned open and we were delivered abruptly into the benign spring air of Fort Benning, Georgia.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • He’d been in a so-called "closed-air bassinette," which is a more benign description of an incubator.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Now Zeus who drives the stormcloud said benignly:  "Here is how I should do it, little brother..."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ... and it seemed to me that they looked on me benignly...
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • It has apparently mutated to a benign form.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • His intentions were benign.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • I could see ... the overgrown path I had taken, benign enough in the daylight.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • His air is that of a benign and learned mathematician about to be quizzed by a schoolboy on matters of short division.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • The New England states use a terse form of instruction... New York State shouts at you the whole time. Do this. Do that. ... Every few feet an imperious command. In Ohio the signs are more benign. They offer friendly advice, and are more like suggestions.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • she was only another lady in the neighborhood, but a relatively benign presence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore’s face,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The speaker’s hands were folded benignly on his chest.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • But at first it was not so benign to all.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Everything in the world, no matter how apparently benign, was potentially dangerous, bulging with toxins that could escape and infect you when you least expected it.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • La Fayette also had the authority to put Bonaparte in command over Frederic, if he desired. ... La Fayette smiled benignly. "General Bonaparte is under your command, Frederic. That will not change. Ever."
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Atticus Finch had watched Henry’s ragged pursuit of his daughter with benign objectivity, giving advice when asked for it, but absolutely declining to become involved.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The ultimate effect is strangely homey—it looks less like a bar than someone’s benignly neglected fixer-upper.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I can think of no benign reason for it.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • He stared into it, smiling benignly at the seahorses, as if looking at his own children.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I suspected this was like a benign landowner planting the odd potato just "to keep his hand in."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "I’m afraid I—I summoned a rather benign illness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She had five minutes left—five minutes during which she not only had to identify the poisons in seven goblets, but arrange them in the order of the most benign to the deadliest.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • And he, meanwhile, sat back and watched all this benignly.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • As for myself, in that brief time I had begun to achieve a benign, tingling high so surprisingly intense that I became a little uneasy trying to manage my own euphoria.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She smiles at me, the smile of an angel, benign but remote.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Watch that mole on your left foot, but I’m sure it’s benign."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Then, thinking it would be easier to forget about Patch if I was looking at something more benign, I wandered over to the wall of lotions.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Mr. Crook stood smiling benignly as I prowled among the stones, pausing now and then to touch one gently, as though my touch could make an impression on the monumental boulders.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alan glanced at him as he set the tray on the bed, but the waiter’s eyes seemed benign.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He nodded, looked at her benignly.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Another benign visit to the mayor’s house.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I found Renfield sitting placidly in his room with his hands folded, smiling benignly.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Rachel never looked so truly and benignly happy as at the head of her table.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The action was so graceful and inclusively benign.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Calrnly he struck a wooden match and sucked noisily at his pipe with an eloquent air of benign and magnanimous forgiveness.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It is an infringement even if the intent may be perceived as benign and socially valid.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • His face was as benign as ever, but unlike before, I sensed a strange blankness behind the facade.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • When a starving mammal ingests an alkaloid, even one as benign as caffeine, it’s going to get hit much harder by it than it normally would because they lack the glucose reserves necessary to excrete the stuff.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Interpreting Hester Prynne’s deportment as an appeal of this nature, society was inclined to show its former victim a more benign countenance than she cared to be favoured with, or, perchance, than she deserved.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • As certainly as he had known that the doe was benign, he knew that Ron had to be the one to wield the sword.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The adults were benign with the young ones, and tougher with the juveniles, occasionally snapping at the older animals when their play got too rough.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
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