[ sal-yuh-ter-ee ]
/ ˈsæl yəˌtɛr i /


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

Nearby words

  1. saluki,
  2. saluresis,
  3. saluretic,
  4. salus,
  5. salus populi suprema lex esto,
  6. salutation,
  7. salutatorian,
  8. salutatorium,
  9. salutatory,
  10. salute

Origin of salutary

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

Related forms
Can be confusedsalubrious 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 Formssalutarily, adverbsalutariness, noun

Word Origin for salutary

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for salutary


[ sălyə-tĕr′ē ]


Favorable to health; wholesome.

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