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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Traditions aside, hibiscus is also considered to be a healthful sip. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The Bay Area’s best (and worst) hibiscus teas," 13 July 2019 Forest bathing in Tuscany while pairing healthful produce with quality wine? Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wellness Cruises Are Taking Over the Waters," 27 June 2019 The addition of an ounce of pistachios adds bonus antioxidants, plant protein, healthful fat, and minerals. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 Dress reformers proposed comfortable and healthful alternatives to confining garments such as corsets and crinolines, the cage-like steel underskirts that characterized female fashion at the time. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019 Dig Inn, whose healthful fast-casual food has attracted not only fans but a high-profile investor, is poised to enter the Philadelphia market. Michael Klein,, "Dig Inn, a fast-growing, fast-casual restaurant out of New York, to open in Philly," 4 June 2019 After the initial cocktail hour, which highlighted the designer’s love for eclectic flowers and served drinks playfully named Spring is in the Bloomies, guests sat down for a healthful dinner. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, "Bloomingdale’s Toasts Prabal Gurung With a Dinner of Hemp Pasta and CBD Salsa," 10 Apr. 2019 Indulging sometimes is 100% a part of eating in a healthful way. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Willpower Is a Weight-Loss Scam That's Fueling the Diet Industry," 22 Feb. 2019 The honey whole wheat buns are a tad more healthful for the virtuous among us. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of healthful

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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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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