• WordNet 3.6
    • adj beneficial promoting or enhancing well-being "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries","the beneficial effects of a temperate climate","the experience was good for her"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beneficial Conferring benefits; useful; profitable; helpful; advantageous; serviceable; contributing to a valuable end; -- followed by to. "The war which would have been most beneficial to us."
    • Beneficial King. "A beneficial foe."
    • Beneficial (Law) Receiving, or entitled to have or receive, advantage, use, or benefit; as, the beneficial owner of an estate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beneficial Contributing to a valuable end; conferring benefit; advantageous; profitable; useful; helpful.
    • beneficial 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.
    • beneficial Pertaining to or having a benefice; beneficed.
    • beneficial Kind; generous: as, a “beneficial foe,”
    • n beneficial A benefice; a church living.
    • n beneficial In zoology, an animal which benefits man by destroying or checking the increase of animals injurious to him.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Beneficial ben-e-fish′al useful; advantageous:
    • adj Beneficial ben-e-fish′al (law) enjoying the usufruct of property
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  • Charles M. Schulz
    “Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.”
  • Lord Dunsany
    Lord Dunsany
    “Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “Few can believe that suffering, especially by others, is in vain. Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “No conquest can ever become permanent which does not show itself beneficial to the conquered as well as to the conquerors.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. bénéficial, LL. beneficialis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. beneficium.


In literature:

Now, also, its gratification is most beneficial to the individual and to the species.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
It is beneficial for dyspepsia, gout, rheumatism, and scrofulous diseases.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Often it was employed for useful results and with beneficial effect on useful arts.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Their immediate aspect was, therefore, commonly austere and encroaching, even when their ultimate consequences were beneficial.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
We give an account, however, of some of the beneficial insects which are now to be found in grass-lands and in gardens.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
For a time, while confidence lasted, an impetus was given to trade which could not fail to be beneficial.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
If he approved that compromise, I have no doubt he did it in the full belief that it would be beneficial to the country.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
But the reign of William III., however beneficial to the liberties of England and of Europe, was far from peaceful.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Each seems beneficial to the other.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
In the case of beds in full bearing, manure water is beneficial to the crop.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
The application of finely pulverized common salt, triturated with an equal part of superfine flour, acts very beneficially on burns.
"An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art" by B. L. Hill
He assures me I shall see the beneficial effects soon.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
Tonics and cod-liver oil are usually beneficial.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Washings with tar soap or with a little alcohol and rosemary are beneficial.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
And to Greece the issues had been far less beneficial than he had hoped.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
Unless the soil is moist, a little water put in the hole with the plant is beneficial.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Its beneficial effects are of the sort which ought to make us patient with the crying of infants.
"Hortus Vitae" by Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
But, pray, tell us more precisely in what manner the discoveries of chemists have proved so beneficial to society?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
We have killed large numbers of the beneficial animals and birds that kept the harmful ones in check.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Corporal punishment with a beneficial object does not satisfy the true masochist.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel

In poetry:

Cimitero e Ospedal son buoni amici
E tengono fra lor conti correnti.
Davver, pochi clienti
Si dan l'un l'altro tanti benefici!
"Veritas, Vanitas!" by Ferdinando Fontana
Si chiedeva allo Zodiaco
L'avvenir delle persone;
I romiti fabbricavano
Le medaglie e le corone;
E diceano i benefici
Dei flagelli e dei cilici.
"Evo Medio" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

These children speak Spanish and therefore, the families that could carry on the Hispanic traditions and language would also be beneficial to these children .
"AVIC has been an important partner to Boeing for many years, and this mutually beneficial collaboration will further enhance their capabilities, while adding value for Boeing and its customers," said Deal.
Though they are tiny, they pack in more fiber, protein and beneficial fats than whole grains.
Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter said he is a frequent drive-through customer when he's traveling for work, and that is why he doesn't think building more drive-throughs in La Cañada would be beneficial.
Up for our vote in November here in Colorado, Amendment 64 would do two immensely sane and beneficial things: 1.
But at least congressmen back in 1913 occasionally tried to do something beneficial to the country.
Beneficial Financial I, INC vs Randy and Kari Molder of Chickasha and Midland Funding LLC for foreclosure.
Right now its estimated that only 7% of people with diabetes are maintaining their recommended glucose and cholesterol levels so taking a class on how to properly manage these levels can be beneficial.
Maternal heterosis, or the heterosis the heifer will exhibit as a cow , has been shown in numerous studies to be very beneficial to commercial cow -calf production.
An insectary can attract bees and other beneficial insects to the orchard.
Mike Omeg checks for beneficial insects in goldenrod plants in an insectary alongside a Regina cherry block.
Inspiration is the preferred method to induce beneficial change.
As a moderate Republican in a close fight for re-election against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, US Sen Scott Brown made the political calculation that it's not beneficial to spend the week with national Republicans.
Dill seasons your dishes and invites beneficial insects to your yard.
A well-known politician hopes his visit to Meridian and his new book will be beneficial to local families.

In science:

Left: plot of output versus input f-number to illustrate the beneficial effect of index-matching to minimize FRD effects. Right: the output for an input beam featuring a central obstruction is similar to folding beams with the appropriate f-numbers.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
However, for the case N < Ne, at T = 0 some of the electrons must occupy the same atom (the assumption is that this is energetically more beneficial for the system then having free electrons), hence a double occupancy naturally exists in this case.
A simple model for describing a lattice with a double occupancy
It is seen that the state (28) again is energetically the most beneficial; hence, the other states are unstable relative to creating extra double occupied sites.
A simple model for describing a lattice with a double occupancy
Providing various strategies to achieve improved energy-efficiency would without doubt be greatly beneficial.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
This could have beneficial consequences for future communications.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
No active peers means no system. The MCP in this way is tailored for best results to dense collections of users and we highlight the settings in which the MCP is most beneficial.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
A beneficial industry case applying Genetic Algorithms (GA) has been proposed by Wang et al..
Efficient Inventory Optimization of Multi Product, Multiple Suppliers with Lead Time using PSO
Video lecturing have proven to be beneficial means to e-learning as exemplified by a number of empirical studies (e.g.
In the Face (book) of Social Learning
First, any published result is visible and therefore potentially beneficial to others right away.
In the Face (book) of Social Learning
We have also recently shown that the properties of the plasmons can be beneficially affected not only by an electric bias but also by magnetic bias .
Graphene for Antenna Applications: Opportunities and Challenges from Microwaves to THz
More generally, one must find suitable system designs, which promote a beneficial interaction of the system components (including individuals and businesses). For this, FuturICT proposes to develop socio-inspired ICT, i.e. to learn from and include principles that make social systems work well.
The result is a rich set of items that shift the focus of instruction from pure problem-solving tasks to activities that promote beneficial mental processes.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
Other summaries of such tests are available including Waddell et al. (2005) and Jermiin et al. (2008). It is beneficial to consider both articles, as they tend to focus on different results and/or sets of authors.
Measuring Fit of Sequence Data to Phylogenetic Model: Gain of Power using Marginal Tests
This design was beneficial for many reasons: first, the division of the participants in different experimental groups already during the collection phase allowed us to compare the ability of the input modalities to support the production of the tags.
A Refined Experience Sampling Method to Capture Mobile User Experience
Particularly, integration might be mostly beneficial in cross-modality verification of the results: data collected with one method might be further refined and verified through another method.
A Refined Experience Sampling Method to Capture Mobile User Experience