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

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All of this slowly converts Sunset Towers into an oddly salutary hothouse environment. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“The Westing Game,” a Tribute to Labor That Became a Dark Comedy of American Capitalism," 13 June 2019 This expansion of the news ecosystem is having a salutary effect on a profession in doldrums. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism," 10 June 2019 The thing that Americans do most often with their free time is not cooking or exercising or hiking or any other seemingly salutary activity. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "When Did TV Watching Peak?," 30 May 2018 But patient readers may be inspired by Mr. Fumaroli’s admiring portraits of men and women whose social networks were far more salutary than our own. Laura Auricchio, WSJ, "‘The Republic of Letters’ Review: A Network of Open Minds," 25 Dec. 2018 As our lifespans extend to a century, readers may find Czapski a salutary companion for the road ahead in our era of distraction. Cynthia Haven, WSJ, "Book Review: Shouldering the Century’s Burden," 25 Jan. 2019 Next, conditioning support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organizaiton on European allies’ paying more for their defense would have the salutary effect of freeing up money for other priorities. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "If Democrats Were Shrewd . . .," 30 Dec. 2018 Management types began using it to try to play up the salutary effects of mergers and acquisitions. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "The Meaning of ‘Synergy’: Working Together, for Good and Ill," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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

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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