health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) 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
Recent Examples on the Web The $25 million will specifically address health care needs, more healthful food options, affordable housing, anti-poverty efforts, job training and other measures. Fox News, "Philadelphia police may face $33M budget cut amid nationwide calls for reform," 18 June 2020 Use avocado instead of butter and heavy cream for a decadent and healthful treat. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Brownies, truffles and pasta: Healthful food swaps you will love," 11 June 2020 The agency notes that most health agencies around the world agree with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fluoridated water is safe and healthful. Bob Egelko,, "Trial underway in SF could remove fluoride from drinking water," 8 June 2020 There are all sorts of ways—some old, some new—to make the office environment more healthful and less stressful. Suzanne Oliver, WSJ, "How to Make Offices More Healthful—and Less Stressful," 8 June 2020 Feel Good, which is operating out of Stacked’s Southeast Portland space, serves healthful bowls ($11) topped with a double rainbow’s worth of fruits and vegetables. oregonlive, "These Portland restaurants reinvented themselves to survive coronavirus pandemic," 3 June 2020 Vegetables are loaded with healthful antioxidants and fiber, which keeps you feeling full without contributing calories. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "How to use Adele's birthday picture as inspiration instead of frustration," 6 May 2020 Agnes Dherbeys for The New York Times Coffee can be a healthful drink. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Filtered Coffee May Be Especially Good for Heart Health," 28 Apr. 2020 The Trump administration has moved forward with major environmental rollbacks in recent weeks that are expected to hinder progress toward healthful air long after the pandemic wanes. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. coronavirus clean air streak has already come to an end. Here’s why," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of healthful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Healthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of healthful

: good for your health


health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) \

Kids Definition of healthful

: good for the health a healthful diet


health·​ful | \ ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce healthful (audio) \

Medical Definition of healthful

: beneficial to health of body or mind

Other Words from healthful

healthfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce healthfully (audio) \ adverb
healthfulness noun

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