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 beneficially (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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Encourage beneficial insects which prey on aphids (and others) by planting things that encourage them and avoiding broad-spectrum pesticides at all times. oregonlive.com, "‘Little buggers,’ aphids, are munching on broccoli and kale – what can I do? Ask an expert," 7 June 2019 There are two players who consistently get officiated in a beneficial way that no other player gets: Draymond Green and James Harden. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Raptors Won Game 4 and Are 1 Win From an N.B.A. Championship," 7 June 2019 Cranberries support gut health Research shows that consuming cranberries can create a positive shift in the beneficial gut bacteria tied to immunity, mood, and digestive health. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Cranberries," 7 June 2019 One of the most beneficial changes to how ACMS performs its work is its ability to communicate directly with the individual schools, according to Transportation Affairs Committee documents. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa hires new crossing guard provider after former contractor abruptly closed in March," 5 June 2019 The far right still sees such policies as beneficial to their white supremacist and eugenicist agendas. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Do Abortion Bans Pave the Way for Forced Sterilization?," 5 June 2019 Some gardeners also add a bit of unsulfured molasses into the brew, which feeds beneficial bacteria. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Make Compost Tea for Your Garden," 29 May 2019 Forrester analyst Michele Goetz said companies pursuing such projects generally lack an expert understanding of what data is needed for machine-learning models and struggle with preparing data in a way that’s beneficial to those systems. Jared Council, WSJ, "Data Challenges Are Halting AI Projects, IBM Executive Says," 28 May 2019 If managed properly, a skin-care routine can be just that for someone with OCD—a healthy, beneficial habit without spiraling into compulsions. Jacqueline Kantor, SELF, "How I Balance My Skin-Care Routine and My OCD Symptoms," 22 May 2019

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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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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 beneficially (audio) \ adverb

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