/ben'euh fish"euhl/, adj.
1. conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine.
2. Law.
a. helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association.
b. involving the personal enjoyment of proceeds: a beneficial owner.
[1425-75; late ME < LL beneficialis, equiv. to L benefici(um) kindness (see BENEFICE) + -alis -AL1]
Syn. 1. salutary, wholesome, serviceable, useful, favorable, profitable.
Ant. 1. harmful.

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