V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: promoting good health or well-being

Synonyms: nutritional, healthful, helpful, favorable, wholesome, beneficial, salubrious

Antonyms: hurtful, harmful, useless

Tips: Salutary is derived from the Latin salus, which means "good health." It may be helpful to think of the related word salute, "greeting." It used to be that greetings were used to wish people good health or well being. Salutary has come to describe things that are beneficial to health. You may hear people toast glasses and say "salute," which really means "to your health." People wish others health or well-being as a salute. The next time you toast glasses with someone, say "salute" and wish the person a salutary (healthy, nourishing, wholesome) life.

Usage Examples:

The salutary lesson of never touching a hot stove is usually learned the hard way. (healthful)

Most people know that smoking is not salutary. (healthful, favorable)

Although she loved her deadbeat boyfriend, she knew he had a less than salutary effect on her life. (favorable, healthy)

Having an air purifier in my bedroom has a salutary effect on my allergy symptoms. (favorable, beneficial, healthy)

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