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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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  • How between this great and salutary, but somewhat rude, strength and our weakness, can there be any connection?

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • These are salutary questions, and questions of practical importance.

  • In case of disease, this mode of exercise is sometimes one of the most salutary in the world.

    The Young Mother William A. Alcott
  • The visage of Imogen, ever present to his soul, suggested these salutary reflections.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • We all owe an example, which may be salutary to our inferiors and dependents.

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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