benefit
ben·e·fit n
1: something that provides an advantage or gain; specif: an enhancement of property value, enjoyment of facilities, or increase in general prosperity arising from a public improvement
general benefit: a benefit to the community at large resulting from a public improvement
special benefit: a benefit from a public improvement that directly enhances the value of particular property and is not shared by the community at large
◇ In proceedings for a partial taking for the purpose of a public improvement, the condemning authority may use a special benefit to the remaining land as a set-off against the landowner's damages for the taking.
2 in the civil law of Louisiana: a right esp. that serves to limit a person's liability
benefit of dis·cus·sion: the right of a surety being sued to compel the suing creditor to sue the principal first
benefit of di·vi·sion: the right of a surety being sued to compel the suing creditor to also sue the cosureties; also: the right of the surety to be liable only for his or her proportionate share of the debt
benefit of inventory: the right of an heir to be held liable for the debts of the estate only to the extent of the assets in the estate
◇ The heir obtains the benefit of inventory by having a qualified public officer (as a notary public) make an inventory of the assets in the estate within the time period set by statute.
3 a: financial help in time of disability, sickness, old age, or unemployment
b: payment or service provided for under an annuity, pension plan, or insurance policy see also death benefit
benefit vb

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

benefit
I (betterment) noun accommodation, advantage, assistance, avail, behoof, benefaction, comfort, convenience, enjoyment, expediency, gain, good, gratification, improvement, 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 beneficial is more regarded than what is harmful
- Privatum in commodum publico bono pensatur. — Private inconvenience is compensated for by public benefit
II (conferment) noun aid, award, benefaction, beneficience, benevolence, bequest, bestowal, bonus, boon, charity, compensation, contribution, courtesy, devise, dispensation, donation, endowment, favor, gift, good turn, gratuity, 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 renounce those privileges which have been allowed for their benefit
III index accommodate, advantage, aid (help), aid (subsistence), aid, assistance, avail (be of use), behalf, bonus, capitalize (seize the chance), contribution (donation), dividend, edge (advantage), edification, endowment, favor (act of kindness), favor, function, gain, grant, help (noun), help (verb), largess (gift), output, preference (priority), prerogative, privilege, proceeds, profit (noun), profit (verb), promote (organize), promotion (encouragement), realize (obtain as a profit), reap, recourse, reward, service (assistance), use, utility (usefulness), value, welfare, worth

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


benefit
n.
An advantage or profit.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


benefit
1) Profit, advantage, or privilege.
2) A perquisite by an employer to an employee, beyond wages, such as vacation time, health insurance coverage, or a pension.
3) A payment from an insurance policy or government program, such as Social Security benefits, workers compensation benefits, or unemployment benefits.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


benefit
n. That which is helpful; advantage; financial assistance; gain; privilege; profit.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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" may be part of the compensation for employment other than salary or wages, and may include health or disability insurance.
   5) v. to gain something, as "This sale will benefit Ken Murray."
   See also: contract

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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