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[ben-uh-fish-uh l] /ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ əl/
conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful:
the beneficial effect of sunshine.
  1. helpful in the meeting of needs:
    a beneficial association.
  2. involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds:
    a beneficial owner.
Origin of beneficial
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin beneficiālis, equivalent to Latin benefici(um) kindness (see benefice) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
beneficially, adverb
beneficialness, noun
nonbeneficial, adjective
nonbeneficially, adverb
nonbeneficialness, noun
quasi-beneficial, adjective
quasi-beneficially, adverb
unbeneficial, adjective
unbeneficially, adverb
unbeneficialness, noun
Can be confused
beneficent, beneficial, benevolent.
1. salutary, wholesome, serviceable, useful, favorable, profitable.
1. harmful. Unabridged
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  • But one of them, the distraction of seeing the world, is innocent and beneficial.

  • It was very certain that the exercise he was giving his brain must be beneficial.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Its effects were, however, beneficial to the villagers who survived.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • He did not see the beauty, the nobleness of it, nor yet its beneficial power.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Medicine may have a bad taste, and yet have beneficial results.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for beneficial


(sometimes foll by to) causing a good result; advantageous
(law) entitling a person to receive the profits or proceeds of property: a beneficial interest in land
Derived Forms
beneficially, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin beneficiālis, from Latin beneficium kindness
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Word Origin and History for beneficial

mid-15c., "helpful, advantageous," from Middle French bénéficial and directly from Latin beneficialis "pertaining to a favor," from beneficium (see benefice). Related: Beneficially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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