adjective sal·u·tary \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē\

: having a good or helpful result especially after something unpleasant has happened

Full Definition of SALUTARY

:  producing a beneficial effect :  remedial <salutary influences>
:  promoting health :  curative
sal·u·tar·i·ly \ˌsal-yə-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb
sal·u·tar·i·ness \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SALUTARY

  1. The accident should be a salutary lesson to be more careful.
  2. <the low interest rates should have a salutary effect on business>

Origin of SALUTARY

Middle French salutaire, from Latin salutaris, from salut-, salus health
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with SALUTARY

actuary, adversary, airy-fairy, ancillary, antiquary, apiary, arbitrary, aviary, axillary, bacillary, beriberi, bestiary, biliary, black raspberry, Bloody Mary, boysenberry, breviary, budgetary, calamari, calamary, candleberry, Canterbury, capillary, carpellary, cassowary, catenary, cautionary, cavitary, cemetery, centenary, certiorari, checkerberry, chinaberry, cometary, commentary, commissary, condottiere, coralberry, corollary, coronary, culinary, customary, dictionary, dietary, dignitary, dromedary, dysentery, elderberry, emissary, estuary, farkleberry, February, formulary, fragmentary, fritillary, functionary, funerary, honorary, huckleberry, intermarry, janissary, January, lamasery, lapidary, lectionary, legendary, legionary, lingonberry, literary, loganberry, luminary, mammillary, mandatary, maxillary, medullary, mercenary, miliary, military, millenary, milliary, millinery, missionary, momentary, monastery, mortuary, necessary, ordinary, ossuary, partridgeberry, pensionary, pigmentary, planetary, Pondicherry, prebendary, presbytery, pulmonary, quaternary, red mulberry, reliquary, rowanberry, salivary, salmonberry, sanctuary, sanguinary, sanitary, secondary, secretary, sedentary, seminary, silverberry, solitary, sour cherry, stationary, stationery, statuary, subcontrary, sublunary, sugarberry, sumptuary, syllabary, temporary, tertiary, thimbleberry, Tipperary, Tom and Jerry, topiary, tributary, tutelary, Typhoid Mary, unitary, urinary, vestiary, Virgin Mary, visionary, voluntary, vulnerary, Waterbury, whortleberry, winterberry


adjective sal·u·tary \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SALUTARY

:  promoting health :  curative


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