Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Tending to the benefit of a person; yielding a profit, advantage or benefit; enjoying or entitled to a benefit or profit. In re Importers' Exchange (Com. PI.) 2 N. Y. Supp. 257; Regina v. Vange, 3 Adol. & El. (N. S.) 254. This term is applied bath to estates (as a "beneficial interest") and to persons, (as "the beneficial owner.")
    —Beneficial association. Another name for a benefit society. See Benefit.
    —Beneficial enjoyment. The enjoyment which a man has of an estate in his own right and for his own benefit, and not as trustee for another. 11 H. L. Cas. 271.
    —Beneficial estate. An estate in expectancy is one where the right to the possession is postponed to a future period, and is "beneficial" where the devisee takes solely for his own use or benefit, and not as the mere holder of the title for the use of another. In re Seaman's Estate, 147 N. Y. 69, 41 N. B. 401.
    —Beneficial interest. Profit, benefit, or advantage resulting from a contract, or the ownership of an estate as distinct from the legal ownership or control.
    —Beneficial power. In New York law and practice. A power which has for its object the donee of the power, and which is to be executed solely for his banefit; as distinguished from a trust power, which has for its object a person other than the donee, and is to be executed solely for the benefit of such person. Jennings v. Conboy, 73 N. Y. 234; Rev. St. N. Y. § 79.
    —Beneficial use. The right to use and enjoy property according to one's own liking or so as to derive a profit or benefit from it, including all that makes it desirable or habitable, as. light, air, and access; as distinguished from a mere right of occupancy or possession. Reining v. Railroad Co. (Super. Ct.) 13 N. Y. Supp. 240.