un·​health·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce unhealthful (audio) also -ˈheltth- \

Definition of unhealthful

: harmful to health of body or mind : unhealthy sense 1 unhealthful levels of water pollution an unhealthful diet an unhealthful tendency to worry

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Recent Examples on the Web Have an effective policy of correcting unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Employers have new emergency safety rules to follow for COVID," 7 Dec. 2020 Although California may have its natural disasters, a large homeless population, unhealthful air quality, scorching heat waves and the promise of even higher taxes to come -- other states are not without their challenges. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Mom wants son’s long-time girlfriend included in family events," 29 Nov. 2020 The strongest Santa Ana winds of the year not only fueled wildfires in Orange County but also brought unhealthful air quality to parts of the Los Angeles Basin and San Gabriel Valley as ash from the Bobcat fire blew into neighborhoods. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today’s Headlines: A confirmed conservative court," 27 Oct. 2020 The Bobcat fire burning in the Angeles National Forest has torn through nearly 30,000 acres and continues to send thick, unhealthful smoke into the Los Angeles Basin. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Bobcat fire grows to nearly 30,000 acres, smoke chokes L.A. Basin this weekend," 12 Sep. 2020 Racial discrimination in employment is not only unjust but unhealthful for the community. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: For Better Race Relations," 6 Sep. 2020 In recent years, the unhealthful air has led to the cancellations and postponements of high school and college sports. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Play (cough) ball! A’s don hospital-grade masks in Bay Area’s unhealthy air," 22 Aug. 2020 The San Diego Air Pollution Control District warned that concentrations of fine particulate matter could reach unhealthful levels in some areas and that people should limit exposure, staying indoors if possible. Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, "Fire suppression system inoperable when blaze erupted aboard Navy ship in San Diego," 13 July 2020 Maricopa County's Air Quality Department is advising residents of a health watch for possible unhealthful air Sunday. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Unhealthful air expected Sunday in Maricopa County," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of unhealthful

1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unhealthful was in 1580

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“Unhealthful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhealthful. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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un·​health·​ful | \ -ˈhelth-fəl How to pronounce unhealthful (audio) \

Medical Definition of unhealthful

: detrimental to good health unhealthful working conditions

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unhealthfulness noun

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