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unhealthy

[ uhn-hel-thee ]
/ ʌnˈhɛl θi /
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adjective, un·health·i·er, un·health·i·est.
not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.
symptomatic of or resulting from bad health: an unhealthy pallor.
not conducive to good health; unhealthful: Night air was formerly considered unhealthy.
morally bad, harmful, or contaminating: unhealthy examples for the young.
dangerous; risky: Asking questions in this neighborhood can be unhealthy.
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Origin of unhealthy

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + healthy

OTHER WORDS FROM unhealthy

un·health·i·ly, adverbun·health·i·ness, noun
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How to use unhealthy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unhealthy

unhealthy
/ (ʌnˈhɛlθɪ) /

adjective -healthier or -healthiest
characterized by ill-health; sick; unwell
characteristic of, conducive to, or resulting from ill-healthan unhealthy complexion; an unhealthy atmosphere
morbid or unwholesome
informal dangerous; risky

Derived forms of unhealthy

unhealthily, adverbunhealthiness, noun
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