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 salutarily (audio) \ adverb
salutariness \ ˈsal-​yə-​ˌter-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce salutariness (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 Is the effect salutary, fuelling righteous rage at the governments, movements, and random insanities that entail murder as a matter of course? Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of War in “Theater of Operations”," 25 Nov. 2019 Its presence is particularly vexing to naysayers because Reiki delivers demonstrable salutary effects without a proven cause. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Reiki Can’t Possibly Work. So Why Does It?," 7 Mar. 2020 In fact, the researchers who went looking for the cause of Poe’s death seem to have uncovered something simpler, and yet salutary: That the poet was happiest when his family was well, and his success was modest. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "New language analysis of Edgar Allan Poe’s writing shows just how hard success can be," 3 Mar. 2020 And, given the salutary effects that increasing small-business formation would have on earnings, such an agenda would have at least as good a chance of raising wages as would the policies of the pro-worker camp. Ryan Streeter, National Review, "The New Forgotten Man," 20 Feb. 2020 And Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have refused to call on these men to appear, and have failed to produce even one witness to swear under oath to Trump’s innocent and salutary intentions. Eric Zorn,, "Column: As Trump’s die-hard supporters cling to unreasonable doubts, the rest of us must ask ourselves, now what?," 22 Nov. 2019 Sometimes reactionary politics are the only salutary path. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism," 12 Sep. 2019 Co-operative banks typically offer high interest rates in order to attract funds, but with no salutary past examples of losses, customers regard high rates as an opportunity, not a warning. The Economist, "Indian banks’ share prices are being hammered," 10 Oct. 2019 Killing everyone but the rich would have a remarkably salutary effect on the environment. James Lileks, National Review, "The Children’s Crusade," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

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“Salutary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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