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healthy

[hel-thee] /ˈhɛl θi/
adjective, healthier, healthiest.
1.
possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality:
a healthy body; a healthy mind.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind:
a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.
3.
conducive to good health; healthful:
healthy recreations.
4.
prosperous or sound:
a healthy business.
5.
Informal. fairly large:
I bought a healthy number of books.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; health + -y1
Related forms
healthily, adverb
healthiness, noun
Can be confused
healthful, healthy (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. hale, hearty, robust. 3. nutritious, nourishing. Healthy, healthful, salutary, wholesome refer to the promotion of health. Healthy, while applied especially to what possesses health, is also applicable to what is conducive to health: a healthy climate; not a healthy place to be. Healthful is applied chiefly to what is conducive to health: healthful diet or exercise. Salutary suggests something that is conducive to well-being generally, as well as beneficial in preserving or in restoring health: salutary effects; to take salutary measures. It is used also to indicate moral benefit: to have a salutary fear of devious behavior. Wholesome has connotations of attractive freshness and purity; it applies to what is good for one, physically, morally, or both: wholesome food; wholesome influences or advice.
Antonyms
1. sick.
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  • The first benefit was that healthy children are more likely to attend school and better able to learn.
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  • Advocates for healthy school lunches are understandably upset.
  • healthy living doesn't happen at the doctor's office.
  • Insects are high in proteins and low in fats, making them quite healthy to eat.
  • Although well worth it in terms of your health, eating healthy and organic foods can initially be tricky and time-consuming.
  • healthy aging may be possible with some genetic help.
  • Some advertisers routinely entreat us to undermine our health, but rarely through overt attacks on healthy behavior.
  • Their research also suggests that the habit of eating fruit at the end of a meal is a healthy one.
British Dictionary definitions for healthy

healthy

/ˈhɛlθɪ/
adjective healthier, healthiest
1.
enjoying good health
2.
functioning well or being sound: the company's finances are not very healthy
3.
conducive to health; salutary
4.
indicating soundness of body or mind: a healthy appetite
5.
(informal) considerable in size or amount: a healthy sum
Derived Forms
healthily, adverb
healthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for healthy
adj.

1550s, from health + -y (2). Slightly earlier in the same sense was healthsome (1530s). Related: Healthiness.

It is wrong to say that certain articles of food are healthy or unhealthy. Wholesome and unwholesome are the right words. A pig may be healthy or unhealthy while alive; but after he is killed and becomes pork, he can enjoy no health, and suffer no sickness. [Eliza Leslie, "Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book," Philadelphia, 1839]

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healthy in Medicine

healthy health·y (hěl'thē)
adj. health·i·er, health·i·est

  1. Possessing good health.

  2. Conducive to good health; healthful.

  3. Indicative of sound, rational thinking or frame of mind.


health'i·ly adv.
health'i·ness n.
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