sal·​u·​tary | \ ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce salutary (audio) \

Definition of salutary

1 : producing a beneficial effect : remedial salutary influences
2 : promoting health : curative

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Other Words from salutary

salutarily \ ˌsal-​yə-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce salutary (audio) \ adverb
salutariness \ ˈsal-​yə-​ˌter-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce salutary (audio) \ 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 salutary in a Sentence

The accident should be a salutary lesson to be more careful. the low interest rates should have a salutary effect on business
Recent Examples on the Web Logic would tell you to get an Elevation and enjoy the salutary on-pavement behavior of tires that don't look as if they were borrowed from an MRAP. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Is Tough Enough for Most of Us," 29 Apr. 2021 Although her boat was hard to maneuver, the simple fact of moving forward had a salutary effect on her mood. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 Pillar Three would not end one salutary innovation made twenty years after the Fed’s establishment – establishment of the Federal Open Market Committee charged with overseeing and tweaking national credit aggregates. Robert Hockett, Forbes, "‘Building Back Better’ Phase Two – Time Now To Jumpstart Domestic Production," 3 Mar. 2021 The good news, though, is that addressing the national infrastructure will have salutary economic effects in both the short term and, more importantly, the long term. Nathan O. Rosenberg, Fortune, "America’s infrastructure has reached a breaking point. It’s time to fix it," 3 Mar. 2021 This salutary sense of bereavement, of a conscience awakened by the reality of human limits, infused Biden’s inaugural address with something that was missing during Trump’s tumultuous reign: humility. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Presidential inaugurations are theater. What a difference this new cast makes," 20 Jan. 2021 Research has been piling up since the 1970s on the many salutary effects of spending time in nature. Sadie Dingfelder, Washington Post, "To cope with the current isolation, she sought refuge outdoors. She wasn’t alone in embracing the benefits.," 28 Dec. 2020 And in an atmosphere of intense human anxiety, perspective from the natural world has never been more salutary. Peter Van Agtmael, Magazine, "How photography helps us make sense of this unforgettable year," 8 Dec. 2020 The same could be said of a number of the plays — absurd outcomes, without the later, post-Shaw intention of celebrating absurdity (Beckett, Sartre, Pinter, Albee; Tom Stoppard is a salutary exception — Shaw’s true successor). M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, "G. K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw: An Ambivalent Literary Relationship," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of salutary

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salutary

Middle French salutaire, from Latin salutaris, from salut-, salus health

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8 May 2021

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“Salutary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of salutary

formal : having a good or helpful result especially after something unpleasant has happened


sal·​u·​tary | \ ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce salutary (audio) \

Medical Definition of salutary

: promoting health : curative

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