[ wel-nis ]
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  1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.

  2. an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

Origin of wellness

1957; well1 (in the sense “in good health”) + -ness

Words Nearby wellness

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How to use wellness in a sentence

  • The focus of the Nursing as Caring theory, then, is not toward an end product such as health or wellness.

    Nursing as Caring | Anne Boykin
  • Don't get discouraged if you can't suddenly change your life from shadow to sunshine, from illness to wellness.

    Evening Round Up | William Crosbie Hunter
  • I gave My Lady a little sermon about her un-wellness, which I hope she will profit by and consent to seek for some advice.

  • I call it a disease of too-wellness, and I only know how to doctor sick people.

    Betty Leicester | Sarah Orne Jewett

British Dictionary definitions for wellness


/ (ˈwɛlnəs) /

  1. the state of being in good physical and mental health

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