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

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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.
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Of course, this project is mutually beneficial, helping spread the word about ArtsQuest while giving Goldstein and the LA Hustle a higher profile. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago musician Ken Goldstein had his mind changed about a steel mill. There's now a song and a movie.," 9 July 2018 Was having experienced players always beneficial, or was there such a thing as too much experience held by players who pushed outmoded ideas on their younger teammates? Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 Unlike pharmaceutical research, which has stringent standards, Silicon Valley’s products are commonly seen as inherently beneficial, and AV companies seem to have carte blanche to test their inventions. Betsy Morais, Longreads, "The Menace and the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles," 13 June 2018 The move was beneficial for both sides: The Tigers rid themselves of the final four years of Upton’s contract, totaling $78 million, and Upton was able to play the final month of the season in a pennant race. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Justin Upton 'enjoyed every minute' of his time with Detroit Tigers," 29 May 2018 Sounds like a juvenile black rat snake, very beneficial for keeping down rodents. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: How to get rid of poison hemlock," 5 July 2018 That time off may prove beneficial to Sanchez, who has apparently been battling several minor injuries throughout the season. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Such rain would prove very beneficial, as much of this region is suffering from severe to extreme drought conditions. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Category 3 Hurricane Bud forecast to strike Mexico as strong tropical storm," 12 June 2018 The mix of intuition with reason could prove beneficial. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 4 June 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 \

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

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