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See also: bénéficial
- Helpful or good to something or someone.
2013 June 29, “A punch in the gut”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 72-3:
- Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.
Recycling and reusing garbage can be beneficial to the environment.
- Relating to a benefice
- maleficial, nocuous, damaging, harmful (doing harm to someone)
- innocuous, undamaging, harmless (doing no harm; doing neither harm nor good)
helpful or good to something or someone