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
Middle English, from Old French beneficial, from Late Latin beneficiālis, from Latin beneficium, benefit; see benefice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin beneficiālis ("beneficial"), from Latin beneficium ("benefit, favor, kindness"). (Wiktionary)