[ sal-yuh-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsæl yəˌtɛr i /


favorable to or promoting health; healthful.
promoting or conducive to some beneficial purpose; wholesome.

Origin of salutary

1480–90; < Latin salūt(āris) (salūt- (stem of salūs) health + -āris -ar1) + -ary

Related forms

Can be confused

salubrious salutary (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salutary


/ (ˈsæljʊtərɪ, -trɪ) /


promoting or intended to promote an improvement or beneficial effecta salutary warning
promoting or intended to promote health

Derived Forms

salutarily, adverbsalutariness, noun

Word Origin for salutary

C15: from Latin salūtāris wholesome, from salūs safety
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Medicine definitions for salutary


[ sălyə-tĕr′ē ]


Favorable to health; wholesome.

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