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  1. favorable to or promoting health; healthful.
  2. promoting or conducive to some beneficial purpose; wholesome.
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Origin of salutary

1480–90; < Latin salūt(āris) (salūt- (stem of salūs) health + -āris -ar1) + -ary
Related formssal·u·tar·i·ly [sal-yuh-ter-uh-lee, sal-yuh-tair-] /ˈsæl yəˌtɛr ə li, ˌsæl yəˈtɛər-/, adverbsal·u·tar·i·ness, nounnon·sal·u·tar·i·ly, adverbnon·sal·u·tar·i·ly·ness, nounnon·sal·u·tar·i·ness, nounnon·sal·u·tar·y, adjectiveun·sal·u·tar·y, adjective
Can be confusedsalubrious salutary (see synonym study at the current entry)


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Related Words

healthful, beneficial, fit, good, healing, nourishing, nutritious, restorative, salubrious, sound, tonic, well, wholesome, aiding

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British Dictionary definitions for salutary


  1. promoting or intended to promote an improvement or beneficial effecta salutary warning
  2. promoting or intended to promote health
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Derived Formssalutarily, adverbsalutariness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin salūtāris wholesome, from salūs safety
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Word Origin and History for salutary


late 15c., from Middle French salutaire "beneficial," or directly from Latin salutaris "healthful," from salus (genitive salutis) "good health" (see salute).

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salutary in Medicine


  1. Favorable to health; wholesome.
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