[ ben-uh-fish-uhl ]
/ 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

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin beneficiālis, equivalent to Latin benefici(um) kindness (see benefice) + -ālis -al1

Related forms

Can be confused

beneficent beneficial benevolent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beneficial


/ (ˌbɛnɪˈfɪʃəl) /


(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

Derived Forms

beneficially, adverb

Word Origin for beneficial

C15: from Late Latin beneficiālis, from Latin beneficium kindness
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