healthful

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

Definition of healthful

1 :beneficial to health of body or mind
2 :healthy
  • he felt incapable of looking into the girl's pretty, healthful face
  • —Saul Bellow

healthfully

adverb

healthfulness

noun

Examples of healthful in a Sentence

  1. The meal was both healthful and satisfying.

  2. one of the most healthful forms of exercise is a brisk walk

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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

HEALTHFUL Defined for English Language Learners

healthful

adjective

Definition of healthful for English Language Learners

  • : good for your health


HEALTHFUL Defined for Kids

healthful

adjective health·ful \ ˈhelth-fəl \

Definition of healthful for Students

:good for the health a healthful diet

Medical Dictionary

healthful

adjective health·ful \ ˈhelth-fəl \

medical Definition of healthful

:beneficial to health of body or mind

healthfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

healthfulness

noun


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