[ helth-fuh l ]
/ ˈhɛlθ fəl /


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

Origin of healthful

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

SYNONYMS FOR healthful

See healthy.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

healthful healthy (see synonym study at healthy) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for healthfully


/ (ˈhɛlθfʊl) /


Derived Forms

healthfully, adverbhealthfulness, noun
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Medicine definitions for healthfully


[ hĕlthfəl ]


Conducive to good health; salutary.

Related forms

healthful•ness n.
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