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[sal-yuh-ter-ee] /ˈsæl yəˌtɛr i/
favorable to or promoting health; healthful.
promoting or conducive to some beneficial purpose; wholesome.
Origin of salutary
1480-90; < Latin salūt(āris) (salūt- (stem of salūs) health + -āris -ar1) + -ary
Related forms
[sal-yuh-ter-uh-lee, sal-yuh-tair-] /ˈsæl yəˌtɛr ə li, ˌsæl yəˈtɛər-/ (Show IPA),
salutariness, noun
nonsalutarily, adverb
nonsalutarilyness, noun
nonsalutariness, noun
nonsalutary, adjective
unsalutary, adjective
Can be confused
salubrious, salutary (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. salubrious. See healthy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for salutary
  • It would be a salutary event indeed were an influential organization to weigh in against pseudo-science in climatology.
  • It has come to something when people are discussing different kinds of default, as though some might be a salutary experience.
  • We're not suggesting that this recipe has salutary effects, but it is delicious.
  • The current financial shocks could be salutary if they provoke serious review of what really matters on each campus.
  • One reason is salutary: being in a string of hits no longer matters much to many stars.
  • This squire is benevolent and salutary to his community and his family.
British Dictionary definitions for salutary


/ˈsæljʊtərɪ; -trɪ/
promoting or intended to promote an improvement or beneficial effect: a salutary warning
promoting or intended to promote health
Derived Forms
salutarily, adverb
salutariness, noun
Word Origin
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
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salutary in Medicine

salutary sal·u·tar·y (sāl'yə-těr'ē)
Favorable to health; wholesome.

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