a) The state of being benign.
b) A benign act.
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  • Benignity — Be*nig ni*ty, n. [OE. benignite, F. b[ e]nignit[ e], OF. b[ e]nignet[ e], fr. L. benignitas. See {Benign}.] 1. The quality of being benign; goodness; kindness; graciousness. Benignity of aspect. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. Mildness;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Benignity — (from the Latin roots bene = well and genus = born ), a polyvalent term (refer ), is employed with a specific denotation as a medical term in medical discourse to describe a mild and nonprogressive sickness. The term is most familiar as a… …   Wikipedia

  • benignity — index clemency, consideration (sympathetic regard), favor (act of kindness), humanity (humaneness), largess (generosity), philan …   Law dictionary

  • benignity — late 14c., from O.Fr. benignité goodness, kindness (12c.), from L. benignitatem (nom. benignitas), from benignus kindly, kindhearted (see BENIGN (Cf. benign)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • benignity — [bi nig′nə tē] n. [ME & OFr benignite < L benignitas: see BENIGN] 1. benignancy; kindliness 2. pl. benignities a kind or generous act …   English World dictionary

  • benignity — be·nig·ni·ty bi nig nət ē n, pl ties the quality or state of being benign <determine the benignity or malignancy of a tumor> …   Medical dictionary

  • benignity — benign ► ADJECTIVE 1) genial and kindly. 2) favourable; not harmful. 3) (of a tumour) not malignant. DERIVATIVES benignity noun benignly adverb. ORIGIN Latin benignus, probably from bene well + genus born …   English terms dictionary

  • benignity — noun see benign …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • benignity — /bi nig ni tee/, n., pl. benignities. 1. the quality of being benign; kindness. 2. Archaic. a good deed or favor; an instance of kindness: benignities born of selfless devotion. [1325 75; ME benignite < MF < L benignitas. See BENIGN, ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • benignity — Synonyms and related words: accommodatingness, act of grace, act of kindness, advantageousness, affability, affectionateness, agreeableness, amiability, auspiciousness, benefaction, beneficence, beneficialness, benefit, benevolence, benignancy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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