Definition of beneficiary in English:



  • A person who derives advantage from something, especially a trust, will, or life insurance policy.

    • ‘The reformists treat the working class as passive beneficiaries of their policies.’
    • ‘Any failure on its part can be visited by an action by the investors as beneficiaries under a trust.’
    • ‘One beneficiary of the trust was Niels Bohr, the Danish atomic physicist who went on to win the Nobel prize.’
    • ‘The land would be held upon trust by them for the other beneficiaries.’
    • ‘So, there is, in fact, no evidence at all that she was named as a beneficiary on that policy.’
    • ‘Those who are most in need would not be the only beneficiaries of our policies.’
    • ‘Forty one percent of the beneficiaries did not receive the full amount of money.’
    • ‘If the settlor is to be a beneficiary of the trust, it would normally be a discretionary trust.’
    • ‘In the long term the newspaper itself is the beneficiary of a policy of free access.’
    • ‘The first of these was the right of a beneficiary under a trust for sale.’
    • ‘This trust does not have a roll of beneficiaries, and now no one will be empowered to look into this.’
    • ‘When a person donates blood, he does not and should not know who the beneficiary of his act of kindness has been.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that the intended beneficiary did not receive the funds.’
    • ‘Australia would be the beneficiary of a policy it did not have to underwrite.’
    • ‘He was supposed to be the beneficiary of a trust fund left by his mother when she died in 1983.’
    • ‘As the beneficiary of the first trust, you can continue to live in your home rent free.’
    • ‘Every human being is the beneficiary of this trust, and is equally entitled to its use.’
    • ‘The entitlement of the trust beneficiaries is not affected by a contribution holiday.’
    • ‘He denied that he was connected with the trust or that he was a beneficiary of it.’
    • ‘The present level of benefits means that most beneficiaries are living in poverty.’
    heir, heiress, inheritor, legatee
    recipient, receiver, payee, donee, assignee
    devisee, grantee, cestui que trust
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Early 17th century: from Latin beneficiarius, from beneficium (see benefice).