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

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Other Words from healthful

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

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William Galt, who promoted healthful diets, in a 2011 photo. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "William Galt Founded Good Earth Restaurants to Promote Unprocessed Food," 17 Aug. 2018 First held in 1980 to heal community wounds inflicted by the killing of a grocery store owner and two teenagers, Youth Day promotes camaraderie and fun via activities devoted to healthful living, education and sports. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Rib Fest; magic of David Blaine; art in Ferndale, Wyandotte," 5 July 2018 Because both oils provide health-protective monounsaturated fats, many experts have deemed the diets equally healthful., "Is the Nordic Diet Really Healthier Than the Mediterranean Diet? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 6 June 2018 Although kitchen gadgets come and go, the spiralizer is versatile and makes healthful eating easy. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spiralize your way into a healthy New Year," 6 Jan. 2018 What transformed the ailing backwater was Europe’s burgeoning leisure class, whose members arrived on vacation, seeking the healthful climate and affordable places to stay during the winter. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 As more people veer away from high-calorie sodas and diet drinks with artificial sugars, new beverage brands are filing the void by turning out festive, healthful — and even exotic — drinks. Kavita Daswani,, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 Maui Sun E-Juice by Naked — positively organic and healthful. Sara Clarkson,, "Clarkson: Dangers of nicotine hidden in vaping names, flavors," 16 May 2018 But like its rivals, Kraft Heinz has lost sales to new brands of snacks and meals that are marketed as healthful and fresh. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Kraft Heinz’s Profit Rises Despite Sales Decline," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of healthful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of healthful

: good for your health


health·​ful | \ˈhelth-fəl \

Kids Definition of healthful

: good for the health a healthful diet


health·​ful | \ˈhelth-fəl \

Medical Definition of healthful 

: beneficial to health of body or mind

Other Words from healthful

healthfully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb
healthfulness noun

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