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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Recent Examples on the Web Other suggestions included rubbing roghan baboona, a classical Unani oil-based considered beneficial in treating gout, joint pain and backache, on the scalp and chest. Washington Post, "Kimchi, cow poop and other spurious coronavirus remedies," 2 Feb. 2020 Error 0: Fuel Fix: Get daily energy news headlines in your inbox Crude oil prices have since settled in the $50 per range, which are still beneficial to refining companies but not as profitable. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Phillips 66 profit cut by more than half in 4th quarter," 31 Jan. 2020 The new ratings system is supposed to be more straightforward and beneficial to those who keep their finances in line. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Deutsche Bank’s ‘annus horribilis’ reveals the true cost of negative interest rates," 30 Jan. 2020 For China, that journey has been hugely beneficial, injecting market forces into its economy while securing access to foreign markets, technology and expertise. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Seeks to Reset Clock on China Engagement," 22 Jan. 2020 To determine the effects of media on people’s lives, whether beneficial or harmful, requires knowledge of what people are actually seeing and doing on those screens. Byron Reeves, The Conversation, "Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong," 15 Jan. 2020 What is beneficial about that is Cousins never has to turn his back to the defense or waste time making a hand fake. cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski wants a healthy ‘marriage’ between run and pass. What might that look like for the Browns? -- Film review," 15 Jan. 2020 The study will continue and researchers plan to outfit participants with activity trackers to better understand which type of physical activity may be most beneficial. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Lifestyle changes may combat a dementia that strikes people in their 40s and 50s," 8 Jan. 2020 There are plenty of folks looking to make a dollar rather than produce anything that’s really beneficial. Time, "Want to Calm Your Anxious Pet With CBD? Some Products Are All Bark and No Bite: Study," 7 Jan. 2020

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

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7 Feb 2020

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“Beneficial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beneficial. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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beneficial

adjective
How to pronounce beneficial (audio)

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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