from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Producing or promoting a favorable result; advantageous.
- adj. Law Receiving or having the right to receive proceeds or other advantages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Helpful or good to something or someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Conferring benefits; useful; profitable; helpful; advantageous; serviceable; contributing to a valuable end; -- followed by to.
- adj. Receiving, or entitled to have or receive, advantage, use, or benefit.
- adj. King.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Contributing to a valuable end; conferring benefit; advantageous; profitable; useful; helpful.
- Having or conferring the right to the use or benefit, as of property; pertaining or entitled to the usufruet: as, a beneficial owner (which see, below); a beneficial interest in an estate.
- Pertaining to or having a benefice; beneficed.
- Kind; generous: as, a “beneficial foe,”
- n. A benefice; a church living.
- n. In zoology, an animal which benefits man by destroying or checking the increase of animals injurious to him.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. promoting or enhancing well-being
"We're trying to protect what we call the beneficial uses of the water," Cash said.
If it becomes known that the govenment intends to use the banks that pass inspection in beneficial take-overs of the banks that fail (or their assets anyway) the most secure banks will seek out the government so that they could be inspected early.
Both of these applications of stock creation are finite in beneficial extent.
Government spending can be reduced by enormous amounts without serious consequences, and long-term beneficial effect, but in the short term this can result in an adjustment period with recessionary implications.
This month, the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program selected its new group of First Mover Fellows: individuals embedded deep within large companies with great capacity to lead the way to achieving fundamental social change -- change that is also strategic and long-term beneficial for the companies involved.
I am cautiously optimistic that the spotlight put upon the country's very poorest people will have long-term beneficial effects.
"For the most part, it's something beneficial" is the book equivalent of lentils and tofu.
What would be more beneficial is for tax-payers to set up CCTV to spy on councilors to see where our council tax is being used!
My other teaching stints have all been sprawling, multi-week gigs and I'm interested in what people would find most beneficial from a more concise, focused session.
Economists in general acknowledge that reduced tax rates will have long-term beneficial effects.
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