beneficial

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

Definition of beneficial

  1. 1 :  producing good results or helpful effects :  conferring benefits (see 1benefit 2) the beneficial effects of regular exercise insects that are beneficial to your garden

  2. 2 :  receiving or entitling one to receive advantage, use, or benefit a beneficial owner of securities a beneficial interest in an estate

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 —see benefice


First Known Use: 15th century


BENEFICIAL Defined for English Language Learners

beneficial

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

Definition of beneficial for English Language Learners

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


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

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