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 beneficial (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 As an example, musculoskeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and tennis elbow, or epicondylitis, are conditions for which acupuncture may be beneficial. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 An app that answers basic questions for patients would be beneficial. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 But experts say parasocial relationships can be beneficial. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Because trigger warnings involve assumptions about emotional reactions, particularly with respect to P.T.S.D., psychology researchers have begun to study whether trigger warnings are in fact beneficial. The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2021 Davis argued, as other lawmakers have, that having two voices in Congress can be beneficial. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 28 Sep. 2021 Genetic tests can now reveal whether chemotherapy would be beneficial. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Some people—pet owners, especially—might find emptying it in the middle of a cycle to be beneficial, since hair quickly fills the bin. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Sep. 2021 Deepta Bhattacharya, a professor of immunobiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, said it’s clear that a booster could be beneficial. Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021

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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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13 Oct 2021

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“Beneficial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beneficial

: producing good or helpful results or effects : producing benefits


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


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 beneficial (audio) \ adverb

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