benignant

Someone who's benignant is goodhearted and kind. Your favorite teacher in elementary school was probably the most benignant of them all.

When you're describing a lovely, warm person you can call her benignant, or even describe someone with a particularly sweet face as looking benignant. Another way to use this adjective is as a less common way to say "benign," or not harmful, especially in a medical sense — a benignant tumor, for example, is one that won't hurt you. Benignant, in fact, comes from benign, simply adding the ant on the model of malignant, or "dangerous, infectious, or cancerous."

Definitions of benignant
  1. adjective
    pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence
    synonyms: benign
    kindly
    pleasant and agreeable
    harmless
    not causing or capable of causing harm
    kind
    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
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    Antonyms:
    malign
    evil or harmful in nature or influence
    maleficent
    harmful or evil in intent or effect
    cancerous
    like a cancer; an evil that grows and spreads
    harmful
    causing or capable of causing harm
    unkind
    lacking kindness
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  2. adjective
    characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects
    “our benignant king”
    synonyms: gracious
    kind
    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
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