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 Poorer communities generally lack a healthful environment and basic services and support, which makes the lives of residents more difficult and ultimately shorter. New York Times, "Black Lives Are Shorter in Chicago. My Family’s History Shows Why.," 27 Apr. 2021 If your proffee alone meets your protein target, pair it with healthful sources of fat and carbs, like half an avocado and fresh fruit. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, "What Is Protein Coffee, and Is It Healthy? Here’s a Nutritionist’s Take on the Trend," 26 Apr. 2021 In May 2020, Cuban pledged to contribute $75,000 to Bonton Farms, an urban farm struggling to provide healthful food in South and Southern Dallas. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Dallas Mavericks partner with Chick-fil-A to fight food insecurity in North Texas," 24 Mar. 2021 In the Great Depression, though, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) funded an ambitious string of projects, including scenic roadways, hiking trails and mountain refuges, with the aim of giving Americans access to healthful recreation. Brian Smale, Smithsonian Magazine, "A vintage guidebook inspires a quirky trip through Oregon, from a wilderness lodge to a Gilded Age saloon to a town hidden underground," 22 Apr. 2021 Add nuts, seeds, or nut/seed butter for healthful fat and bonus plant protein. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, "Is Oatmeal Healthy? Here’s What a Nutritionist Wants You to Know," 20 Apr. 2021 Especially with this awful pandemic likely to persist for a considerable while, swinging the clubs in the great outdoors, no matter how inexpertly, provides a healthful alternative to gluing oneself, for instance, to the TV. Alfred L. Malabre Jr., WSJ, "The Joys (and Frustrations) of Playing Golf in Retirement," 10 Apr. 2021 Just like a fried egg atop just about anything transforms it into a craveable meal (the trend has a popular Instagram hashtag to prove it), a heap of salad piled onto just about anything refreshes it instantly with a modern, healthful sensibility. Washington Post, "Crown a bowl of beans with jewel-toned salad for a fresh, flavorful meal," 25 Feb. 2021 The peanut sauce that tops this healthful bowl brings it all together and really revs up the flavor. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Chicken Satay Bowls are a one-stop Asian dish loaded with vitamins and minerals," 27 Mar. 2021

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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 16 May. 2021.

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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 healthful (audio) \ adverb
healthfulness noun

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