Definition of beneficial in English:


Line breaks: bene|fi¦cial
Pronunciation: /bɛnɪˈfɪʃ(ə)l


  • 2 Law Relating to rights to the use or benefit of property, other than legal title: the beneficiary will be taxed on the value of his beneficial use of the property
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    • It would appear that Amanda is neither a legal nor a beneficial owner of the property.
    • It made no reference to any ownership of any interest, legal or beneficial, in No.11.
    • An intention to share a beneficial interest in property has to be manifested to give rise to a rival obligation.



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  • According to a leading professor in food and health, Ian Rowland, the pro-biotics contained in the butter can beneficially influence various stages in the initiation and development of colon cancer.
  • The process makes for a special relationship between tutor and student, and generations of Oxford students have, in the main, been profoundly and certainly beneficially affected by the experience.
  • Moreover, if difficulties do exist, they are only temporary ones which will be resolved beneficially, as was the case with the similar difficulties of the last century.


late Middle English: from late Latin beneficialis, from beneficium (see benefice).

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