Ben`e*fi"cial (?), a. [Cf. F. b'en'eficial, LL. beneficialis.]

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. Swift.

2. Law

Receiving, or entitled to have or receive, advantage, use, or benefit; as, the beneficial owner of an estate.

Kent.

3.

King.

[Obs.] "A beneficial foe."

B. Jonson.

Syn. -- See Advantage.

 

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