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[helth-fuh l] /ˈhɛlθ fəl/
conducive to health; wholesome or salutary:
a healthful diet.
Origin of healthful
1350-1400; Middle English helthful. See health, -ful
Related forms
healthfully, adverb
healthfulness, noun
quasi-healthful, adjective
quasi-healthfully, adverb
Can be confused
healthful, healthy (see synonym study at healthy)
See healthy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for healthful
  • Exercise and healthful foods can help the heart do its job.
  • It is healthful and results in lower rates of cancer, heart disease, domestic violence and mental illness.
  • Problem is, plenty of healthful foods are bitter, too.
  • It's been touted for its healthful, anti-inflammatory properties.
  • If healthful packaged food was what consumers wanted, food companies would find a way to make it for them.
  • The next logical study would be to measure the healthful benefits of this over the long term.
  • Pills can be replaced by fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats and other healthful foods.
  • Write down five to seven healthful dinners on index cards.
  • Food service workers try to make it easy for kids to eat healthful foods.
  • It's been thought that sharing your life with a dog is healthful.
British Dictionary definitions for healthful


a less common word for healthy (sense 1), healthy (sense 2), healthy (sense 3)
Derived Forms
healthfully, adverb
healthfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for healthful

late 14c., "wholesome, curative, saving," from health + -ful. Related: Healthfully; healthfulness.

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healthful in Medicine

healthful health·ful (hělth'fəl)

  1. Conducive to good health; salutary.

  2. Healthy.

health'ful·ness n.
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