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beneficial

ben·e·fi·cial

beneficial

 
 
pronunciation:
be n fI shl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: producing benefits; favorable or advantageous.
The extra practice was beneficial to her performance.The trade agreement will be beneficial to both countries.These chemicals will kill beneficial insects as well as harmful ones.
 
synonyms:
advantageous, beneficent, benign, benignant, favorable, good, profitable, salutary
antonyms:
adverse, bad, baneful, costly, damaging, deadly, deleterious, detrimental, disadvantageous, evil, harmful, ill, useless
similar words:
gainful, grateful, helpful, lucrative, opportune, positive, productive, propitious, valuable
definition 2: in law, receiving or being entitled to receive proceeds or benefits.
synonyms:
recipient
similar words:
deserved, entitled
derivations: beneficially (adv.), beneficialness (n.)
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The word beneficial contains the following parts:
ben, bene, bon Latin root that means good, well
synonyms:
eu
antonyms:
mal, male
 
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".