in·​sa·​lu·​bri·​ous | \ ˌin-sə-ˈlü-brē-əs How to pronounce insalubrious (audio) \

Definition of insalubrious

: not conducive to health : unwholesome an insalubrious climate

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insalubrity \ ˌin-​sə-​ˈlü-​brə-​tē How to pronounce insalubrious (audio) \ noun

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Examples of insalubrious in a Sentence

after inhaling the insalubrious city smog for a month, I was happy to once again breathe in the fresh air of the country
Recent Examples on the Web In letters sent to the regional authorities in the early 1950s and seen by The New York Times, the nuns warned about a lack of food, and the insalubrious dormitory and canteen. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 On the site of an important 19th-century water mill, in a somewhat insalubrious part of town, is a modest looking Mosque with a beautiful new artwork. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of insalubrious

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insalubrious

Latin insalubris, from in- + salubris healthful — more at safe

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The first known use of insalubrious was in 1615

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Medical Definition of insalubrious

: not conducive to health : not wholesome an insalubrious climate


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