healthful

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

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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The cafe's breakfast staples include avocado on toast, a burger on a brioche bun, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and a healthful bowl of organic black rice and kale. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Plenty of research indicates that both fiber- and nutrient-packed whole grains and legumes can absolutely be a part of a healthful diet. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Pegan Diet? It's Not as Simple as Paleo + Vegan," 17 Jan. 2019 While not ‘dippable,’ the oft available wheat berry salad makes for a healthful and fulfilling accompaniment as well. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "You won't regret indulging at downtown Louisville's Atlantic No. 5," 9 May 2018 When the music was low, only 42 percent of orders were for unhealthful food, and 31 percent of food items were deemed healthful (some food and beverages were considered neutral). Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "‘I’ll Have the Cake.’ The Music Made Me Do It.," 31 May 2018 This addition makes the cake extra-moist and a truly healthful treat. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Beets This Fall for a Hearty Autumn Harvest," 21 Aug. 2018 Her behind-the scenes influence includes working with the White House chefs to create a more healthful menu for the President and consulting with the White House Historical Association on residence renovations. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Melania Trump's White House Furniture Choices Were Vetoed by Her Husband," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of healthful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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healthful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of healthful

: good for your health

healthful

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

Kids Definition of healthful

: good for the health a healthful diet

healthful

adjective
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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