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wholesome

[hohl-suh m]
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adjective
  1. conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment.
  2. conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome air; wholesome exercise.
  3. suggestive of physical or moral health, especially in appearance.
  4. healthy or sound.
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Origin of wholesome

1150–1200; Middle English ho(o)lsom (see whole, -some1); cognate with Old High German heilsam, Old Norse heilsamr
Related formswhole·some·ly, adverbwhole·some·ness, noun

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1. helpful; good. 2. nourishing, nutritious. 2, 3. See healthy.
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wholesome

adjective
  1. conducive to health or physical wellbeing
  2. conducive to moral wellbeing
  3. characteristic or suggestive of health or wellbeing, esp in appearance
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Derived Formswholesomely, adverbwholesomeness, noun

Word Origin

C12: from whole (healthy) + -some 1; related to German heilsam healing
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Word Origin and History for wholesome

adj.

c.1200, "of benefit to the soul," from whole (in the "healthy" sense) + -some (1). Physical sense first attested late 14c. Related: Wholesomely; wholesomeness.

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