sal·​u·​tary | \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē \

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 \ adverb
salutariness \ˈsal-​yə-​ˌter-​ē-​nəs \ 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

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There are less painful ways to enjoy the salutary effects of bees — which brings us back to royal jelly, the cornerstone of two anti-aging creams released by Guerlain this month. Cristina Mueller, Town & Country, "Beauty and the Bees," 6 Dec. 2012 President Donald Trump showed no signs of absorbing this salutary lesson. The Economist, "Harley-Davidson shifts some production out of America," 28 June 2018 What is the psychological theory that says violence causes only fear and more violence in those other contexts but is salutary and character-building in this one? David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Yet amid the horror, occasional salutary gleams of light may be glimpsed. Patrick Mcgrath, New York Times, "A Dumping Ground for the Poor, the Criminal and the Mad," 28 June 2018 Studies involving addiction have also produced salutary outcomes. Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘How to Change Your Mind,’ by Michael Pollan," 17 May 2018 Could this be a salutary moment to reconfigure the structural aspects of U.S. soccer? Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Why the U.S. Isn't Competing in the 2018 World Cup," 30 Apr. 2018 Very possibly; and one salutary side effect of the cancellation is to draw attention to the Academy itself. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Readers Don't Need the Nobel Prize in Literature," 7 May 2018 Will Boston be able to benefit from the salutary aspects of this new form of bike rental — and avoid the negatives? Scott Kirsner,, "Dockless rental bikes — lots of them — are coming this summer," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of salutary

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


sal·​u·​tary | \ˈsal-yə-ˌter-ē \

Medical Definition of salutary 

: promoting health : curative

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