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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Less powerful but allegedly more beneficial, nonprescription nootropics purport to do something different from amphetamines—to supplement rather than to drug. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The conservative commentariat’s love affair with nootropics," 3 Sep. 2019 And while not all longtime members were originally on board with the change in dynamics, Good said, the interactions are beneficial for members. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association branching out," 2 Sep. 2019 For oily or normal skin, L-ascorbic acid is the most potent form of vitamin C and can be the most beneficial, while for dry and sensitive skin, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a water-soluble vitamin C, is less irritating. Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C," 19 Aug. 2019 The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says everything dredged from the Mississippi is contaminated to some degree — but adds that placing it into the lake would likely be beneficial, given the lake’s history. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul activists question $16 million project to put islands in Pig’s Eye Lake," 4 Aug. 2019 Speaking face-to-face with a vehicle retailer can be beneficial, but so can forgoing doing so (at least initially) to shop online instead. Scott Muska, The Courier-Journal, "What you need to know about shopping for a new or used car on the internet," 28 June 2019 That technique, known as investigative genetic genealogy, has proved beneficial to law enforcement authorities helping them to solve old mysteries. Steven Goode, courant.com, "With hopes of unraveling a 75-year-old mystery, medical examiner’s bid to exhume two unidentified victims of the Hartford Circus Fire gets OK from judge," 11 Sep. 2019 If brewers were to focus on using thinner glass, some experts say, the innovation could prove even more beneficial to the environment than ditching plastic rings. John Kell, Fortune, "Beermakers Are Experimenting With New—and Sustainable—Six-Pack Designs," 2 Sep. 2019 However, the mental and spiritual workouts may prove more beneficial. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Winton Woods linebacker Bam Booker turning heads, changing lives," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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