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

Synonym Discussion of SALUTARY

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>.

Rhymes with SALUTARY

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Medical Dictionary


adjective sal·u·tary \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē\

Medical Definition of SALUTARY

:  promoting health :  curative


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