conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment.
conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome air; wholesome exercise.
suggestive of physical or moral health, especially in appearance.
healthy or sound.

1150–1200; Middle English ho(o)lsom (see whole, -some1); cognate with Old High German heilsam, Old Norse heilsamr

wholesomely, adverb
wholesomeness, noun

1. helpful; good. 2. nourishing, nutritious. 2, 3. See healthy.
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wholesome (ˈhəʊlsəm)
1.  conducive to health or physical wellbeing
2.  conducive to moral wellbeing
3.  characteristic or suggestive of health or wellbeing, esp in appearance
[C12: from whole (healthy) + -some1; related to German heilsam healing]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from whole (in the "healthy" sense) + -some. Originally in moral senses; physical sense first attested late 14c.
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Example sentences
Dine in restaurants that feature healthy portions of uncomplicated and wholesome food.
Inspectors ensure that food is pure and wholesome, safe to eat, and properly labeled according to current laws and requirements.
Foods should be pure and wholesome, safe to eat, and produced under sanitary conditions.
In the hominess of the diner, eggs and potatoes steaming on our plates, it all
  seemed sort of old-fashioned and wholesome.
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