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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Trump’s mutually beneficial war with CNN Broadly speaking, both Trump and CNN enjoy the narrative that Trump is at war with CNN. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Jim Acosta vs. the Trump White House, explained," 14 Nov. 2018 As demands shifted—travelers sought cheaper trips, and homeowners needed more income—platforms such as Airbnb emerged, making mutually beneficial connections. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How vacation homes went from private escape to investment opportunities," 2 Oct. 2018 Oats are one of your most economical breakfast options, and as part of the whole-grain family, they're loaded with beneficial nutrients. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 Hillard said there are many claims of beneficial effects of hemp oil, but little research has been done using it. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you might be asking about hemp," 13 July 2018 One reason direct physical contact with the ground might have beneficial physiological effects is the earth's surface has a negative charge and is constantly generating electrons that could neutralize free radicals, acting as antioxidants. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Weed cloth does not reduce weeds and in fact harms the soil and the beneficial microbes that live in soil. Nan Sterman, latimes.com, "What to do in your garden in July? Less is more," 6 July 2018 The vaccine, according to the researchers, helps the body boost production of tumor necrosis factor, a hormone especially beneficial to Type 1 diabetics. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Common vaccine may reverse advanced diabetes cases, study finds," 21 June 2018 Willis believes the opportunity to work with the first-team offense this spring was a beneficial experience -- especially with Stidham in his ear helping out every step of the way. Tom Green, AL.com, "What Malik Willis got out of spring with Auburn's 1st-team offense, and where he wants to improve," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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