From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Benign \Be*nign"\, a. [OE. benigne, bening, OF. benigne, F.
   b['e]nin, fem. b['e]nigne, fr. L. benignus, contr. from
   benigenus; bonus good + root of genus kind. See Bounty, and
   1. Of a kind or gentle disposition; gracious; generous;
      favorable; benignant.
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            Creator bounteous and benign.         --Milton.
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   2. Exhibiting or manifesting kindness, gentleness, favor,
      etc.; mild; kindly; salutary; wholesome.
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            Kind influences and benign aspects.   --South.
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   3. Of a mild type or character; as, a benign disease.
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   Syn: Kind; propitious; bland; genial; salubrious; favorable
        salutary; gracious; liberal.
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