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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: beneficium; BENEFICE

beneficial

adjective
     
ben‧e‧fi‧cial
having a good effect [≠ detrimental]:
a drug that has a beneficial effect on the immune system
beneficial to/for
Cycling is highly beneficial to health and the environment.
an arrangement that is mutually beneficial (=it has advantages for everyone who is involved)
beneficially adverb

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