adjective \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

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adjective \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SALUTARY

: promoting health : curative


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