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beneficial

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adjective ben·e·fi·cial \ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəl\

Simple Definition of beneficial

  • : producing good or helpful results or effects : producing benefits

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of beneficial

  1. 1 :  conferring benefits :  conducive to personal or social well-being

  2. 2 :  receiving or entitling one to receive advantage, use, or benefit <a beneficial legacy>

beneficially

play \-ˈfi-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

beneficialness

noun

Examples of beneficial in a sentence

  1. He hopes the new drug will prove beneficial to many people.

  2. Regular exercise has many beneficial health effects.

  3. They have a relationship that is beneficial to both of them.

  4. Some insects are harmful but others are beneficial.



Origin and Etymology of beneficial

Latin beneficium favor, benefit


First Known Use: 15th century


BENEFICIAL Defined for Kids

beneficial

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adjective ben·e·fi·cial \ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəl\

Definition of beneficial for Students

  1. :  producing good results or effects :  helpful <beneficial new medicines>




Law Dictionary

beneficial

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adjective ben·e·fi·cial \ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəl\

Legal Definition of beneficial

  1. 1 :  providing benefits or advantages

  2. 2 :  receiving or entitling one to receive an advantage, benefit, or use <a beneficial shareholder> <a beneficial estate>

beneficially

\-shə-lē\ play adverb




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