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[helth-fuh l]
  1. conducive to health; wholesome or salutary: a healthful diet.
  2. healthy.
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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)

Synonyms for healthful

See healthy.
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Examples from the Web for healthfully

Historical Examples of healthfully

  • How healthfully they look on life, with what delight they breathe the air!

    Education and the Higher Life

    J. L. Spalding

  • The whole room came once more calmly, healthfully into sight.

  • Perhaps I mistake and your blood doth run as healthfully as a child's.

    Sir Mortimer

    Mary Johnston

  • Business kept pace with the growth of the city, wealth gradually and healthfully accumulated, and the comforts of life appeared.

  • But how light and joyous and healthfully pure is the flow of this hymn of praise of Scotland and the Scotch!

British Dictionary definitions for healthfully


  1. a less common word for healthy (def. 1), healthy (def. 2), healthy (def. 3)
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Derived Formshealthfully, adverbhealthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for healthfully



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

healthfully in Medicine


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