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

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 Plea bargains have the salutary effect of relieving the justice system of trials that neither the prosecutor nor the defendant wish to pursue. WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 Jones’s willingness to move beyond a specifically North American canvas is salutary, for much in Brazil’s experience merits the attention of anyone interested in the history of slavery. Larry Rohter, The New York Review of Books, 8 June 2022 One way to put our knowledge about the salutary effects of nature into action is to actually treat outdoor time like medicine in a very literal way: Prescribe it. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 8 June 2022 Predictable cash flows have a salutary impact in an economy where uncertainty is the default mode. Rajrishi Singhal, Quartz, 26 Jan. 2022 Even better, this same economic progress has had another salutary impact on health. John Tamny, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 This time, the three filmmakers had in mind something more salutary. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 The only example of retrenchment that comes to mind is the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which, while salutary in its effects, has been much undermined since its passage. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Such conditions are as salutary for the spread of respiratory viruses as a high-density prison. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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: promoting health : curative

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