adjective health·ful \ˈhelth-fəl also ˈheltth-\

: good for your health

Full Definition of HEALTHFUL

:  beneficial to health of body or mind
:  healthy <he felt incapable of looking into the girl's pretty, healthful face — Saul Bellow>
health·ful·ly adverb
health·ful·ness noun

Examples of HEALTHFUL

  1. The meal was both healthful and satisfying.
  2. <one of the most healthful forms of exercise is a brisk walk>

First Known Use of HEALTHFUL

14th century

Synonym Discussion of HEALTHFUL

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>.

Other Medicine Terms

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adjective health·ful \ˈhelth-fəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEALTHFUL

:  beneficial to health of body or mind
health·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
health·ful·ness noun


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