[ wel-nis ]
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  1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.

  2. an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

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Origin of wellness

1957; well1 (in the sense “in good health”) + -ness

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British Dictionary definitions for wellness


/ (ˈwɛlnəs) /

  1. the state of being in good physical and mental health

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