- 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 Words for beneficiallykindly, effectively, successfully, productively, profitably, advantageously, beneficially, constructively, favorably, practically, effectually, prosperously
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Historical Examples of beneficially
The life-force in metals responds adversely or beneficially to stimuli.Autobiography of a YOGI
When, however, broth and beef tea are used as clysters in such quantities that can be retained, they act most beneficially.
He fancied that they acted upon each other beneficially towards her.The Kentons
William Dean Howells
His influence was beneficially felt in the national legislature.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution
L. Carroll Judson
For this purpose electricity, in the form both of the constant and of the faradic current, has been beneficially employed.
- (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 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.