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Similar Sounding Confused Words: Beneficial and Beneficent


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The words beneficial and beneficent sound similar but have different meanings and usage.

The word beneficial is an adjective.
Meanings: helpful; useful; valuable; favourable; advantageous.

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The word beneficent means to do good.


Sample Usage

Examples of beneficial:
1. Eating a few fruits daily is greatly beneficial to one’s health.
2. The physiotherapist told his patient that it was highly beneficial to take a daily walk a month after the TKR surgery.
3. The Webmasters realized that it would be greatly beneficial to all to introduce more sections.

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Examples of beneficent:
1. The town’s residents unanimously voted for the re-election of the Mayor as he was beneficent and had introduced many public programs that were beneficial to all.
2. The Mughal Emperor was a beneficent ruler.
3. The boss was always beneficent towards his staff.


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