beneficial

adjective ben·e·fi·cial \ ˌbe-nə-ˈfi-shəl \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of beneficial

1 : producing good results or helpful effects : conferring benefits (see 1benefit 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

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.

Recent Examples of beneficial from the Web

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.

Origin and Etymology of beneficial

Latin beneficium favor, benefit — see benefice

BENEFICIAL Defined for English Language Learners

beneficial

adjective

Definition of beneficial for English Language Learners

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


BENEFICIAL Defined for Kids

beneficial

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

Definition of beneficial for Students

: producing good results or effects : helpful
  • beneficial new medicines

Law Dictionary

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

beneficially

play \-shə-lē\ adverb


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

allowing a liquid or gas to pass through

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

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!