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useful

adjective advantageous, advisable, applicable, appropriate, befitting, beneficial, commodious, conducive, congruous, constructive, contributing, convenient, decent, desirable, doable, effective, efficacious, employable, expedient, favorable, feasible, fit, fitting, functional, good, handy, instrumental, of use, opportune, positive, practical, pragmatic, profitable, proper, remedial, rewarding, right, seemly, suitable, usable, valuable, wise, worthwhile
Associated concepts: usefulness
See also: applicable, beneficial, constructive, contributory, convenient, disposable, efficient, favorable, functional, gainful, instrumental, lucrative, ministerial, operative, potent, practical, pragmatic, productive, profitable, salutary, subservient, valuable, viable

USEFUL. That which may be put into beneficial practice.
     2. The patent act of congress of July 4, 1836, sect. 6, in describing the subjects of patents, mentions "new and useful art," and "new and useful improvement." To entitle the inventor to a patent, his invention must, to a certain extent, be beneficial to the community, and not be for an unlawful object, or frivolous, or insignificant. 1 Mason, 182; 1 Pet. C. C. R. 322; 1 Bald. 303; 14 Pick. 217; Paine, 203.

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Nick Poole (37) and Tom Morgan (38) made useful contributions while 50 runs from Hopkins saw Celtic set a target of 177-5.
They said they learned to be flexible, made useful contacts with hotel staff and Mexican security, and produced a binder that included the site scenario, maps, room layouts, contact sheets and the names and photos of all VIPs.
Akhtar Shahzad (29 off 50 balls) and Bakhtiyar Palekar (26 off 18 balls with five fours) also made useful contributions to the total.
Technology and innovative partnerships have a crucial role to play as we work towards becoming a zero-waste operation; and advances such as this new development show that there are innumerable ways in which our waste can be made useful for others.
Stuart Broad bowled and batted well; Steven Finn was much more threatening with the ball in the second innings, and Kevin Pietersen made useful runs at each attempt.
I'm pretty happy with my batting and I've made useful contributions.
Captain Marc Symington (23) and Chris Hooker (26) made useful contributions before North were dismissed for 315 off 112 overs.
Niall O'Brien hit 50 in reply and Gary Wilson (26) and Paul Stirling (22) also made useful contributions but the Irish fell just short.
We would all like to see that building made useful, but the nature of the building and the economic climat e i s making that impossible.
Although Andrew Gale and Adam Lyth have made useful contributions - Lyth's century against a formidable Sussex side last time out was impressive - Rudolph is head and shoulders above his team-mates.
Chris Ellwood (21) and Sean Richards (19) made useful contributions for Gresford, but the target set was never a problem for the home side once Kane joined opener Luke Regan in the middle.