1. [syn: beneficial, good]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beneficial \Ben`e*fi"cial\, a. [Cf. F. b['e]n['e]ficial, LL.
1. 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.
2. (Law) Receiving, or entitled to have or receive,
advantage, use, or benefit; as, the beneficial owner of an
3. King. [Obs.] "A beneficial foe." --B. Jonson.
Syn: See Advantage.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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" [syn: beneficial, good]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
80 Moby Thesaurus words for "beneficial":
advantageous, aidful, appropriate, auspicious, banausic,
benevolent, benign, bon, bonny, bracing, braw, bueno, capital,
cogent, commendable, commodious, conducive, constitutional,
constructive, contributory, effective, efficacious, elegant,
employable, estimable, excellent, expedient, fair, famous,
favorable, fine, fitting, functional, furthersome, good, good for,
goodly, grand, health-enhancing, health-preserving, healthful,
healthy, helpful, hygeian, hygienic, invigorating, kind, laudable,
nice, noble, of general utility, of help, of service, of use,
pleasant, positive, practical, pragmatical, profitable, proper,
refreshing, regal, remedial, royal, salubrious, salutary, sanitary,
serviceable, skillful, sound, splendid, supportive, therapeutic,
tonic, useful, utilitarian, valid, very good, virtuous,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
BENEFICIAL. Of advantage, profit or interest; as the wife has a beneficial
interest in property held by a trustee for her. Vide Cestui que trust.