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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While many ranchers say aspects of grazing can be beneficial to the environment, some environmentalists believe that cattle grazing shouldn't be allowed on state or federal land in Arizona at all. azcentral, "Arizona charges less than almost anyone else to graze cattle. Public schools miss out on the money," 7 July 2019 Bringing players in is only going to be beneficial to everybody involved. SI.com, "Harry Winks Excited to Play Alongside Tanguy Ndombele Following Midfielder's Move to Tottenham," 4 July 2019 He had been sold on the private school’s academic mission, and wanted to please his mom, who thought the church might be beneficial to him. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Church 'Cult' Survivor Says He Was Beaten Because He Was Gay: 'I Was Scared For My Life'," 2 July 2019 As Running Reindeer Ranch’s Facebook page states, sessions are beneficial to both humans and reindeer alike. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Alaska Now Offers Reindeer Yoga Classes," 26 June 2019 So to sum it all up, vitamin E is extremely beneficial to your overall skincare routine. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "3 Reasons Why Your Skin Routine Needs Vitamin E," 20 June 2019 While these diets – or components of these diets – may be beneficial to some, my recommendation for the majority of the population is to keep it simple, streamlined, wholesome. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the nutrient-rich Whole 30 diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 18 June 2019 Challengers contended that adding the question would lead to undercounts in Democratic areas and be beneficial to future Republican redistricting plans. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: After assuring that the Supreme Court is apolitical, chief justice faces major test," 17 June 2019 Challengers contended that adding the question would lead to undercounts in Democratic areas and be beneficial to future Republican redistricting plans. Robert Barnes, The Denver Post, "High court, chief justice face upcoming tests," 16 June 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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