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Definition of wholesome

1 : promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit
2 : promoting health of body
3a : sound in body, mind, or morals
b : having the simple health or vigor of normal domesticity
4a : based on well-grounded fear : prudent a wholesome respect for the law
b : safe it wouldn't be wholesome for you to go down there— Mark Twain

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Other Words from wholesome

wholesomely adverb
wholesomeness 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

healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease. a healthy family sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction. a sound heart wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance. a face with a wholesome glow robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly. a lively, robust little boy hale applies particularly to robustness in old age. still hale at the age of eighty well implies merely freedom from disease or illness. she has never been a well person

Examples of wholesome in a Sentence

a wholesome dish made with vegetables less-than-wholesome entertainment that wasn't appropriate for children a young actor known for his wholesome good looks
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Recent Examples on the Web Burgess and real estate agent Melinda Chapman said the movie's wholesome values match those of their independent real estate company. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "'Andy Griffith' tribute artists, actors and more start filming a movie in Danville," 6 Sep. 2020 Klein said what sets her almond butter apart is its great taste, crunchy-smooth stone ground texture and simple, wholesome ingredients. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "She started making almond butter at home. Now it's sold at Walmarts across the country.," 20 Aug. 2020 Vitamins and minerals are often delivered more easily to the body, and in larger doses, from wholesome foods, adds Arad. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "How All Those Personalized Vitamin and Supplement Services Work," 18 Aug. 2020 The show, which followed the lives of a wholesome family living through the Great Depression in rural Virginia, was created by and based on the life of TV writer Earl Hamner Jr. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: Michael Learned Won Her First 'Waltons' Emmy in '73," 10 Aug. 2020 This is wholesome Austrian countryside, and a wellness mecca for its restorative alpine air. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020 The painting brings together the contradiction of a healthy daughter and sickly mother, collapsing the promise of wholesome youth and the fear of bodily disintegration. Elizabeth Lee, The Conversation, "One 19th-century artist’s effort to grapple with tuberculosis resonates during COVID-19," 31 July 2020 This is, at least, more wholesome than another major application of primes: from con artists running scams, ranging from classic card swindles to the entire category of hacking known as social engineering. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Secret of How Magicians Control Your Mind with Card Tricks," 29 July 2020 Welp, there's your daily dose of nostalgic, wholesome content for the day. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, ""The Parent Trap" Stars Reunite in a Heartwarming Special to Honor the Film’s 22nd Anniversary," 20 July 2020

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First Known Use of wholesome

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wholesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wholesome. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wholesome

: helping to keep your body healthy : good for your health
: morally good
: suggesting good health or behavior


whole·​some | \ ˈhōl-səm How to pronounce wholesome (audio) \

Kids Definition of wholesome

1 : helping to improve or keep the body in good condition wholesome food
2 : healthy for the mind or morals wholesome entertainment

Other Words from wholesome

wholesomeness noun

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