- helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association.
- involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds: a beneficial owner.
- benefit in kind
Origin of beneficial
Examples from the Web for beneficially
It is quite possible that the primordial excretion may have been beneficially increased to serve the plant.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II|Charles Darwin
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
Don't you think that some such measure might be beneficially adopted as regards female character?The Fortunes Of Glencore|Charles James Lever
It would be difficult for the wisest to exercise powers like these beneficially; and it is to be feared that abuses have crept in.
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.