healthful

adjective

health·​ful ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio)
 also  ˈheltth-
1
: beneficial to health of body or mind
2
: healthy
he felt incapable of looking into the girl's pretty, healthful faceSaul Bellow
healthfully adverb
healthfulness noun
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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

Examples of healthful in a Sentence

The meal was both healthful and satisfying. one of the most healthful forms of exercise is a brisk walk
Recent Examples on the Web People flocked to its homey meals; its signature rotisserie chickens seemed fresh, even healthful, in that era of SnackWell’s cookies and Healthy Choice frozen dinners. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Of course, the sugar blast of the most carnal rock songs cannot alone constitute a healthful diet, but a little can be rejuvenating. Nate Rogers, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Kimchi is often served as a side dish alongside other healthful vegetables and proteins. Emi Tuyetnhi Tran, NBC News, 31 Jan. 2024 His approach isn’t to re-create traditional dishes but rather to remove colonial ingredients and support Indigenous producers through delicious, healthful menus featuring food native to North America. Liz Schubauer, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024 For proof, look at the popularity of the many shortcuts available to us that promise all sorts of healthful outcomes. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2024 Founded in the 1990s by a group of scientists from Lund University, Oatly was driven by the vision to create a sustainable and healthful alternative to dairy milk. Alexander Puutio, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Steaming has long been considered a healthful way to cook. Bonnie S. Benwick, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 This is not intended to be a meal plan, but rather inspiration for how to include more of these healthful foods in your week. Alice Callahan, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of healthful was in the 14th century

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“Healthful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/healthful. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

healthful

adjective
health·​ful ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio)
1
: good for the health of the body or mind
healthful exercise
2
healthfully
-fə-lē
adverb
healthfulness noun

Medical Definition

healthful

adjective
health·​ful ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio)
: beneficial to health of body or mind
healthfully adverb
healthfulness noun

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