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[ben-uh-fish-uh l] /ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ əl/

conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful:
the beneficial effect of sunshine.

(sometimes foll by to) causing a good result; advantageous
(law) entitling a person to receive the profits or proceeds of property: a beneficial interest in land

mid-15c., “helpful, advantageous,” from Middle French bénéficial and directly from Latin beneficialis “pertaining to a favor,” from beneficium (see benefice). Related: Beneficially.


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