healthful

[helth-fuh l]

adjective

conducive to health; wholesome or salutary: a healthful diet.

Nearby words

  1. health stamp,
  2. health visitor,
  3. health-care proxy,
  4. healthcare,
  5. healthcare proxy,
  6. healthfully,
  7. healthily,
  8. healthism,
  9. healthonism,
  10. healthy

Origin of healthful

First recorded in 1350–1400, healthful is from the Middle English word helthful. See health, -ful

Related formshealth·ful·ly, adverbhealth·ful·ness, nounqua·si-health·ful, adjectivequa·si-health·ful·ly, adverb

Can be confusedhealthful healthy (see synonym study at healthy)

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British Dictionary definitions for healthful

healthful

adjective

Derived Formshealthfully, adverbhealthfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for healthful

healthful

adj.

late 14c., "wholesome, curative, saving," from health + -ful. Related: Healthfully; healthfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for healthful

healthful

[hĕlthfəl]

adj.

Conducive to good health; salutary.
Healthy.
Related formshealthful•ness n.


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