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ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ əlben·e·fi·cial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beneficial, goodadjective

    promoting or enhancing well-being

    "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her"


  1. beneficialadjective

    Helpful or good to something or someone.

    Recycling and reusing garbage can have beneficial effects on the environment.

  2. Etymology: From beneficialis, from beneficium.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beneficialadjective

    Etymology: from beneficium, Lat.

    Not that any thing is made to be beneficial to him, but all things for him, to shew beneficence and grace in them. Richard Hooker, b. i. § 8.

    This supposition grants the opinion to conduce to order in the world, and consequently to be very beneficial to mankind. John Tillotson, sermon i.

    The war, which would have been most beneficial to us, and destructive to the enemy, was neglected. Jonathan Swift.

    Are the present revolutions in circular orbs, more beneficial than the other would be? Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    In the first access of such a disease, any deobstruent, without much acrimony, is beneficial. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

  2. Beneficialnoun

    An old word for a benefice.

    For that the groundwork is, and end of all,
    How to obtain a beneficial. Edmund Spenser, Hubberd’s Tale.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beneficialadjective

    conferring benefits; useful; profitable; helpful; advantageous; serviceable; contributing to a valuable end; -- followed by to

  2. Beneficialadjective

    receiving, or entitled to have or receive, advantage, use, or benefit; as, the beneficial owner of an estate

  3. Beneficialadjective


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beneficial

    ben-e-fish′al, adj. useful; advantageous: (law) enjoying the usufruct of property.—adj. Benef′ic, of good influence astrologically: beneficent, kindly.—adv. Benefic′ially.—ns. Benefic′ialness; Benefic′iary, a legal term to denote a person who enjoys, or has the prospect of enjoying, any interest or estate held in trust by others. [L. beneficium.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beneficial' in Adjectives Frequency: #804

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beneficial in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beneficial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of beneficial in a Sentence

  1. Rebecca Thurston:

    The Results suggest that screening for a broader range of experiences of sexual violence in routine health care, including sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as verbal harassment or assault, and being aware of and treating potential cardiovascular health consequences may be beneficial for women's long-term health, reducing sexual violence against women, which is important in its own right, may also provide a strategy for improving women's lifetime cardiovascular health.

  2. Carol Osborne:

    I truly hope that your daughter… is able to enroll in Ethnic Studies...I think the opportunity for you to learn with and from your daughter’s experience would be beneficial.

  3. Deutsche Bank analysts:

    Whilst the COVID-19 outbreak could intuitively be seen as beneficial to online food delivery players, with millions of people under lockdown, we conclude that this is not the case.

  4. Mae Jemison:

    I was sad to hear that he passed away, but at the same time I think that what we need to do is really to celebrate a life that was so incredibly full and impactful and beneficial to us.

  5. Kristin Kirkpatrick:

    Food is medicine, but it is hard to compare medicine that is created in a lab with something that is grown in the ground to determine what is going to be beneficial.

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