Definition of beneficial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbenəˈfiSH(ə)l/


1Favorable or advantageous; resulting in good: the beneficial effect on the economy discoveries beneficial to mankind
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  • There is also evidence that consumption of organically produced food is beneficial to human health.
  • The more positive one is in his thoughts the more he is beneficial to himself and the society.
  • That would be beneficial to manufacturers interested in borrowing to invest in productivity.
advantageous, favorable, helpful, useful, of use, of benefit, of assistance, valuable, of value, profitable, rewarding, gainful
1.1 Law Relating to rights, 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌbenəˈfiSHəlē/
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with beneficial

artificial, initial, interstitial, judicial, official, sacrificial, solstitial, superficial

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Syllabification: ben·e·fi·cial

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