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beneficial

[ ben-uh-fish-uhl ]
/ ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ əl /
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adjective

conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine.
Law.
  1. helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association.
  2. involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds: a beneficial owner.

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Origin of beneficial

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

OTHER WORDS FROM beneficial

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beneficial

beneficent, beneficial , benevolent
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British Dictionary definitions for beneficial

beneficial
/ (ˌbɛnɪˈfɪʃəl) /

adjective

(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 of beneficial

beneficially, adverb

Word Origin for beneficial

C15: from Late Latin beneficiālis, from Latin beneficium kindness
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