Definition of beneficial in US English:



  • 1Favorable or advantageous; resulting in good.

    ‘the beneficial effect on the economy’
    ‘discoveries beneficial to mankind’
    • ‘This would be highly beneficial to the area and the economy in the years ahead.’
    • ‘It's beneficial to colleagues as it takes pressure off them and gives them more time to do their jobs.’
    • ‘Let's agree that it is beneficial to invest in exhilarating public buildings.’
    • ‘The game was beneficial to the players who had not played in Croke Park previously as seniors.’
    • ‘There are aspects of royal visits that are enormously beneficial to the general public, however.’
    • ‘Whether a cycle lane is beneficial to cyclists is doubtful as there are cars parked in the cycle lane most of the time.’
    • ‘We can assure you that by doing so, it will be beneficial to all aspects of your life.’
    • ‘The more positive one is in his thoughts the more he is beneficial to himself and the society.’
    • ‘Surely, it has to be more beneficial to the company to encourage efficient and quality working?’
    • ‘There's no doubt that running, like any other form of exercise, can be beneficial to your health.’
    • ‘We will have to make cost-cutting exercises on it but it will be beneficial to the squad and the football club as a whole.’
    • ‘The name should also be beneficial to a strong, long-lasting marketing campaign.’
    • ‘The energy conveyed by those people is manifestly beneficial to the society that absorbs it.’
    • ‘This was very beneficial to the children and a start in cultivating their love of literature.’
    • ‘There is also evidence that consumption of organically produced food is beneficial to human health.’
    • ‘She says smaller families that focus on the education of their children would be more beneficial to the economy.’
    • ‘It will also be beneficial to the wildlife on the lake not to mention many other responsible lake users.’
    • ‘That would be beneficial to manufacturers interested in borrowing to invest in productivity.’
    • ‘However, I now feel that it might be beneficial to me to be a little more open.’
    • ‘Robert sees the setting up of the women's section as beneficial to the social side of the club.’
    advantageous, favourable, helpful, useful, of use, of benefit, of assistance, serviceable, of service, instrumental, valuable, of value, in one's interests, in one's best interests, worthwhile, good, positive
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    1. 1.1Law Relating to rights, other than legal title.
      ‘the beneficiary will be taxed on the value of his beneficial use of the property’
      • ‘The question was whether there had been a change of beneficial ownership so as to attract duty.’
      • ‘It would appear that Amanda is neither a legal nor a beneficial owner of the property.’
      • ‘Here a husband and wife were beneficial joint tenants of the matrimonial home.’
      • ‘Doubts have been raised as to the beneficial entitlement of the Defendants in the following respects.’
      • ‘Ask the local authority for its view on the legal and beneficial ownership of mum's house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both beneficial ownership of the house at Harmonia Crescent and the debts are in issue.’
      • ‘An occupier under a beneficial lease cannot require the annual value to be cut down to the rent actually reserved.’
      • ‘The only case that was put before him by Mrs Oakes was that she was the beneficial owner of the property.’
      useful, constructive, profitable, fruitful, gainful, valuable, effective, worthwhile, helpful, rewarding, gratifying
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Late Middle English: from late Latin beneficialis, from beneficium (see benefice).