beneficial

adjective
ben·​e·​fi·​cial | \ ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce beneficial (audio) \

Definition of beneficial

1 : producing good results or helpful effects : conferring benefits (see benefit entry 1 sense 1) the beneficial effects of regular exercise insects that are beneficial to your garden
2 : receiving or entitling one to receive advantage, use, or benefit a beneficial owner of securities a beneficial interest in an estate

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Other Words from beneficial

beneficially \ ˌbe-​nə-​ˈfi-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce beneficial (audio) \ adverb
beneficialness noun

Examples of beneficial in a Sentence

He hopes the new drug will prove beneficial to many people. Regular exercise has many beneficial health effects. They have a relationship that is beneficial to both of them. Some insects are harmful but others are beneficial.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this month that layering a well-fitting cloth mask over a surgical mask is likely beneficial. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "New Yorkers should wear 2 masks until at least June: Mayor," 23 Feb. 2021 China’s position appears to have been doubly beneficial to Myanmar, as the U.S. was reportedly reluctant to declare the Rohingya crisis a genocide for fear of driving Myanmar toward China. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "Was Myanmar’s Coup Really a Win for Beijing?," 22 Feb. 2021 Additionally, certain car shipment services are better suited to specific types of vehicles, making additional charges more or less beneficial. Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Best Car Shipping Companies of 2021," 20 Feb. 2021 Still, the report’s call to form public-private teams to flesh out the various concepts for a pilot plant would be highly beneficial, says Steven Cowley, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, DOE’s fusion lab. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Road map to U.S. fusion power plant comes into clearer focus—sort of," 19 Feb. 2021 Her presence alone as a Giants coach makes dreams possible for young girls (and boys), but what the team values the most are the contributions from her different perspective, which is both beneficial and refreshing. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 15 Giants and A's people to watch: From Buster Posey to Billy Beane to Charles Johnson," 19 Feb. 2021 Hiring people with special needs is economically beneficial, in terms of giving more people discretionary spending money, and helps those with disabilities with their mental health, emotional well-being and feeling better connected to society. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County coffee shop provides employment opportunities for special needs community," 12 Feb. 2021 Brandon Ingram scored 22 and Williamson added 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a steal despite being limited to 20 minutes on the court, which might prove beneficial with New Orleans playing on back-to-back nights. Brett Martel, Chron, "Rockets routed by Josh Hart, Pelicans," 10 Feb. 2021 This skill would prove beneficial amidst a global pandemic, when many people were quarantined and scrolling on their phones at home. Stephanie Long, refinery29.com, "Now That She’s Stuck In Your Head, Flo Milli Is Just Getting Started," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of beneficial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beneficial

Latin beneficium favor, benefit — see benefice

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The first known use of beneficial was in the 15th century

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27 Feb 2021

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“Beneficial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beneficial. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for beneficial

beneficial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of beneficial

: producing good or helpful results or effects : producing benefits

beneficial

adjective
ben·​e·​fi·​cial | \ ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce beneficial (audio) \

Kids Definition of beneficial

: producing good results or effects : helpful beneficial new medicines

beneficial

adjective
ben·​e·​fi·​cial | \ ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce beneficial (audio) \

Legal Definition of beneficial

1 : providing benefits or advantages
2 : receiving or entitling one to receive an advantage, benefit, or use a beneficial shareholder a beneficial estate

Other Words from beneficial

beneficially \ -​shə-​lē How to pronounce beneficial (audio) \ adverb

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