beneficial

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from beneficial

beneficially \ ˌbe-​nə-​ˈfi-​sh(ə-​)lē \ 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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

This is where playing multiple sports can be very beneficial. Cincinnati.com, "Stay healthy: Overuse injuries in one sport athletes," 9 July 2018 Other residents have raved about the classes' beneficial effects on their sleep quality and ability to calm themselves when facing their abusers in court. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Yoga Program Helps Victims of Domestic Violence Heal," 5 July 2018 More individualized attention and time to himself has proven to be very beneficial for him and helpful in his success. Boys & Girls Aid / Community Content Partner, OregonLive.com, "A Home of His Own: Marshall, 7, has never met a train he didn't like!," 8 June 2018 Ideally, having opportunities to meet with and or talk with several other individuals or families who are licensed, with differing years of experience, is very beneficial. Damar Services, Indianapolis Star, "Learn what it takes and what it means to be a successful foster parent," 23 May 2018 Scientists can edit human DNA the way an editor corrects a bad manuscript, snipping out the inferior sections and replacing them with strong, beneficial genes. Jules Julien, Smithsonian, "What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?," 21 Mar. 2018 Experts resoundingly concur that cessation of smoking will have an enormously beneficial effect on short-term, and especially, long-term ocular health and quality of vision. Jewish Journal, "Taking a stand against hookah smoking on Passover, or anytime," 12 Mar. 2018 Probiotics seem like a good idea: Use products that contain beneficial bacteria to fortify our immune systems. Lisa Marshall, Discover Magazine, "When Probiotics Really Do Work," 1 Feb. 2018 As upsetting as this wasp may seem, wasps are generally beneficial to humans. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Discovered Wasp Has a Terrifyingly Large Stinger," 8 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'beneficial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about beneficial

Share beneficial

Statistics for beneficial

Last Updated

14 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for beneficial

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

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 \

Kids Definition of beneficial

: producing good results or effects : helpful beneficial new medicines

beneficial

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

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 \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on beneficial

What made you want to look up beneficial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an inexhaustible supply or amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!