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benefit

1) n. any profit or acquired right or privilege, primarily through a contract. 2) in worker's compensation the term "benefit" is the insurance payment resulting from a fatal accident on the job, while "compensation" is for injury without death. 3) in income taxation, anything that brings economic gain. 4) "fringe benefits" are rights from employment other than salary or wages, including health or disability insurance. 5) v. to gain a benefit. (See: contract)

benefit

(Betterment), noun accommodation, assistance, avail, behoof, benefaction, comfort, enjoyment, expediency, gain, good, gratification, interest, pleasure, profit, promotion, relief, return, satisfaction, solace, success, succor, usufruct, utility, utilization, welfare, well-being, worth
Associated concepts: beneficial use, benefit of clergy, benefit of counsel, benefit of creditors, benefit of estate, benefit of the bargain, benefit of third person
Foreign phrases: In favorabilibus magis attenditur quod prodest quam quod nocet.In things favored, what is beneeicial is more regarded than what is harmful. Privatum innommodum publico bono pensatur. Private inconvenience is compensated for by public benefit.

benefit

(Conferment), noun aid, award, benefaction, beneficience, benevolence, bequest, bestowal, bonus, boon, charity, compensation, contribution, courtesy, devise, donation, endowment, favor, gift, good turn, kindness, largess, legacy, liberality, oblation, offering, offertory, philanthropy, present, presentation, remittance, reward, subsidy, subvention
Associated concepts: benefit certificate
Foreign phrases: Invito beneficium non datur.A benefit is not conferred upon a person against his will. Privilegium est beneficium personale, et extinguitur cum persona. A privilege is a personal benefit, and is extinguished with the death of the person. Omnes licentiam habere his quae pro se indulta sunt, renunciare. All are free to reeounce those privileges which have been allowed for their benefit.
See also: accommodate, advantage, aid, assistance, avail, behalf, bonus, capitalize, contribution, dividend, donation, edge, edification, endowment, favor, function, gain, gift, grant, help, largess, organize, output, preference, prerogative, priority, privilege, proceeds, profit, promote, promotion, realize, reap, recourse, reward, service, use, utility, value, welfare, worth

BENEFIT. This word is used in the same sense as gain (q. v.) and profits. (q. v.) 20 Toull. n. 199.

References in classic literature ?
There is, perhaps, nothing more likely to disturb the tranquillity of nations than their being bound to mutual contributions for any common object that does not yield an equal and coincident benefit.
Perhaps suffering is just as great a benefit to him as well-being?
Therefore, the Romans, foreseeing troubles, dealt with them at once, and, even to avoid a war, would not let them come to a head, for they knew that war is not to be avoided, but is only to be put off to the advantage of others; moreover they wished to fight with Philip and Antiochus in Greece so as not to have to do it in Italy; they could have avoided both, but this they did not wish; nor did that ever please them which is for ever in the mouths of the wise ones of our time:--Let us enjoy the benefits of the time--but rather the benefits of their own valour and prudence, for time drives everything before it, and is able to bring with it good as well as evil, and evil as well as good.
The law of benefits is a difficult channel, which requires careful sailing, or rude boats.
On the way he intended to visit all his estates and see for himself how far his orders had been carried out and in what state were the serfs whom God had entrusted to his care and whom he intended to benefit.
Weston had an umbrella too, and offered me the benefit of its shelter, for it was raining heavily.
AS a preface is the only place where an author can with propriety explain a purpose or apologize for shortcomings, I venture to avail myself of the privilege to make a statement for the benefit of my readers.
Yes, yes, I know," the other persisted; "but of what benefit to man is your discovery?
screamed Bilsby; "work at gunnery for the benefit of foreigners?
Indeed, if Jacquotte was silent for a moment, and took a corner of her apron so as to turn it up in a triangle, it meant that a lengthy expostulation was about to be delivered for the benefit of master or man.
Prithee, friend, do not keep your knowledge to yourself; we are a large party; and any benefit which you confer upon us will be amply rewarded.
There arises on the deed the instant acknowledgment of benefit on the one part and of debt on the other; that is, of superiority and inferiority.