- conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine.
- helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association.
- involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds: a beneficial owner.
Origin of beneficial
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Related Wordsprofitable, good, useful, helpful, valuable, constructive, benign, favorable, gainful, healthful, propitious, salubrious, salutary, serviceable, toward, wholesome, worthy, favoring
Examples from the Web for beneficial
“We can try to improve things that are beneficial to Turkers,” Milland added.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
December 3, 2014
So the idea that inclusion of gay characters in media is beneficial is well established.Popular Novelist Ken Follett Is a Slightly Unlikely and Certainly Unsung Gay Icon
October 1, 2014
The review also notes that sucralose could potentially harm the beneficial bacteria in our gut.Are Artificial Sweeteners Wrecking Your Diet?
September 30, 2014
Diversification was as beneficial in financial investments as it was in growing crops and raising livestock.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Why do you think psychedelics are so beneficial in helping Vets with PTD?Psychedelics Are Ready for a Comeback
September 8, 2014
But one of them, the distraction of seeing the world, is innocent and beneficial.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
It was very certain that the exercise he was giving his brain must be beneficial.Her Father's Daughter
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
Medicine may have a bad taste, and yet have beneficial results.One Day's Courtship
- (sometimes foll by to) causing a good result; advantageous
- law entitling a person to receive the profits or proceeds of propertya beneficial interest in land
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.