Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Beneficent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Favorable; beneficent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Favorable; beneficent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beneficent.
  • In astrology, of good or favorable influence.
  • n. In astrology, a favorable planet; Jupiter or Venus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exerting a favorable or beneficent influence

Etymologies

Latin beneficus : bene, well; see benefaction + -ficus, -fic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin beneficus. See benefice. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • More than a building, though not quite a personage in the novel, the mosque functions more as if it is an implacable yet silent deity imparting sentences on lives sometimes benefic, at other times malefic, but always of life-determining circumstance.

    G. Roger Denson: The Beauty We Fear: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers

  • Every planet has a benefic or malefic effect according to its raashi and placement in a particular house.

    Lal Kitab - A rare book on Astrology: English version of the original book in Urdu

  • While some like Rudra are figures of some fear or dread, representing difficult aspects of life such as death and suffering, even these can be propitiated and turned into benefic forces of light and love.

    Vedic Pluralism and Biblical Monotheism

  • Many times they have a record of consistent dividend payments, receive extensive media coverage and offer a host of other benefic ial investment attributes.

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  • It covers pay and benefic -- issues, lifestyle issues, changes in policy that affect the life of service people, and I syndicate that to daily newspapers near military bases, so that they can get breaking news that affects soldiers, I hope fast every week.

    Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War

  • If we consider how much we are nature’s, we need not be superstitious about towns, as if that terrific or benefic force did not find us there also, and fashion cities.

    XIV. Essays. Nature. 1844

  • Occasionally he sat up to reverse the hour-glass, though more frequently he made new diagrams, showing the changes in position of the several influential bodies relatively to each other and to the benefic or malific signs upon which so much of result depended; nor did his eyes once weary or his zeal flag.

    The Prince of India — Volume 01

  • If we consider how much we are nature's, we need not be superstitious about towns, as if that terrific or benefic force did not find us there also, and fashion cities.

    Essays: Second Series (1844)

  • What we want to do, and feel obligated to do, is maintain the public's trust - in that we've been given these beautiful exhibitions and public programs - and provide free access to the museum as stipulated by legislation for the reasons that legislatures conceived that legislation, which is to benefic local residents.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Nowadays, history comes back and we try to use natural products which are extremely benefic for our beauty and health.

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