the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

Origin of wellness

1957; well1 (in the sense “in good health”) + -ness
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Related Words for wellness

wellbeing, fitness, wholeness, robustness, shape, strength, vigor, verdure

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  • Don't get discouraged if you can't suddenly change your life from shadow to sunshine, from illness to wellness.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter

  • The focus of the Nursing as Caring theory, then, is not toward an end product such as health or wellness.

British Dictionary definitions for wellness



the state of being in good physical and mental health
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Word Origin and History for wellness

1650s, from well (adv.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wellness in Medicine




The condition of good physical, mental and emotional health, especially when maintained by an appropriate diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications.
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