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

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 Pitches include fashion accessories; treats harnessing vegetable waste; webcam lighting; and a healthful beverage made from a desert plant. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Doctors will always recommend a balanced and healthful diet, said Dr. Danielle Belardo, a cardiologist in Newport Beach. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 The other, on cooking quick, healthful meals from a CSA box, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. March 2. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2022 Foods with lean protein and high fiber help to rev up your metabolism and maintain a healthful weight. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2022 Her book, with its symbolic leafy green cloth cover, is not just a compendium of healthful living tips but an environmental fundraiser. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 After his father died in an accident in 1975, his mother didn’t have the resources to provide healthful meals for seven boys. Patrick Raycraft,, 22 Mar. 2022 The wrong lesson to draw from the Colonial case is that employers have no duty to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees who work remotely. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022 But the CentroNía team pressed on, making home deliveries to those who could no longer afford enough healthful food for their families and working harder to retool the taste buds of the returning children. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of healthful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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“Healthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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 healthful (audio) \ adverb
healthfulness noun

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