beneficial

[ben-uh-fish-uhl]
adjective
1.
conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine.
2.
Law.
a.
helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association.
b.
involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds: a beneficial owner.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin beneficiālis, equivalent to Latin benefici(um) kindness (see benefice) + -ālis -al1

beneficially, adverb
beneficialness, noun
nonbeneficial, adjective
nonbeneficially, adverb
nonbeneficialness, noun
quasi-beneficial, adjective
quasi-beneficially, adverb
unbeneficial, adjective
unbeneficially, adverb
unbeneficialness, noun

beneficent, beneficial, benevolent.


1. salutary, wholesome, serviceable, useful, favorable, profitable.


1. harmful.
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beneficial (ˌbɛnɪˈfɪʃəl)
 
adj
1.  (sometimes foll by to) causing a good result; advantageous
2.  law entitling a person to receive the profits or proceeds of property: a beneficial interest in land
 
[C15: from Late Latin beneficiālis, from Latin beneficium kindness]
 
bene'ficially
 
adv

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beneficial
late 15c., "helpful, advantageous," from Fr. bénéficial, from L. beneficialis "pertaining to a favor," from beneficium (see benefice).
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Example sentences
She thought that regular exercise would be beneficial.
Philanthropy and charity only function when they are beneficial to the donor.
If you encourage them, birds and beneficial insects will devour many insect
  pests.
If you need harmony and respect in your own life, maybe a cup of carefully
  prepared and considered green tea will be beneficial.
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