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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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Henry Breeze smashed 18 fours and a pair of sixes on his way to a stunning total of 123 runs while Matthew Jones (59) and Adam Roberts (45) also made useful knocks - but unfortunately the weather rendered the pitch unplayable.
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.
The recipe as written can be made useful for a person with celiac.
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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.
Captain Marc Symington (23) and Chris Hooker (26) made useful contributions before North were dismissed for 315 off 112 overs.
The home side made useful ground through the boot of Sneddon but the Gwent side's defence took a lot of breaking down.
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.
Daniel Redfern (50), Garry Park (41), James Pipe (39) and Greg Smith (36) all made useful contributions as Derbyshire reached 306 for seven against Essex at Chelmsford.
Mohammed Hassan (19 points) also made useful contributions.
Jehan Mubarak was their top scorer with 39 while Chamara Kapugedera (27) and Kaushalya Weeraratne (20 not out) also made useful contributions.