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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 ?
Other letters, later in date, described him as a little too ready to despond about himself; as having been sent away, on that account, to some new railway works, to see if change of scene would rouse him; and as having benefited in every respect by the experiment -- except perhaps in regard to his professional studies, which still advanced but slowly.
And is there anyone who would rather be injured than benefited by those who live with him?
But on that day Mademoiselle Cormon (much benefited by the bleeding) would have seemed sublime even to the boldest scoffers, had they witnessed the noble dignity, the splendid Christian resignation which influenced her as she gave her arm to her involuntary deceiver to go into breakfast.
The adventure of the night does not seem to have harmed her, on the contrary, it has benefited her, for she looks better this morning than she has done for weeks.
I am grateful to you for the sacrifice," said Aramis; "but if your body be not greatly benefited by it, be assured your soul will.