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[in-suh-loo-bree-uh s]
  1. unfavorable to health; unwholesome.
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Origin of insalubrious

1630–40; < Latin insalūbri(s) + -ous. See in-3, salubrious
Related formsin·sa·lu·bri·ous·ly, adverbin·sa·lu·bri·ty [in-suh-loo-bri-tee] /ˌɪn səˈlu brɪ ti/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • But this richness of the soil is counterbalanced by the insalubrity of the climate.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • Exposure, toil, and the insalubrity of the marshy ground, consigned one hundred thousand to the grave during this first year.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott

  • Katharine had shortly before complained of the insalubrity of Buckden and its distance from London.

  • With all its attractions, however, Victoria will never become a desirable place of residence, on account of its insalubrity.

  • The insalubrity of the climate, the summer and autumn of the year 1809 being unusually sickly.

British Dictionary definitions for insalubrity


  1. not salubrious; unpleasant, unhealthy, or sordid
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Derived Formsinsalubriously, adverbinsalubrity (ˌɪnsəˈluːbrɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for insalubrity



1630s, from Latin insalubris "unhealthy, unwholesome," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + salubris (see salubrious).

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