adjective Date: 14th century 1. beneficial to health of body or mind 2. healthy <
he felt incapable of looking into the girl's pretty, healthful face — Saul Bellow
healthfully adverbhealthfulness noun Synonyms: healthful, wholesome, salubrious, salutary mean favorable to the health of mind or body. healthful implies a positive contribution to a healthy condition <
a healthful diet
. wholesome applies to what benefits, builds up, or sustains physically, mentally, or spiritually <
wholesome foods
the movie is wholesome family entertainment
. salubrious applies chiefly to the helpful effects of climate or air <
cool and salubrious weather
. salutary describes something corrective or beneficially effective, even though it may in itself be unpleasant <
a salutary warning that resulted in increased production

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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