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wholesome

[hohl-suh m] /ˈhoʊl səm/
adjective
1.
conducive to moral or general well-being; salutary; beneficial:
wholesome recreation; wholesome environment.
2.
conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious:
wholesome food; wholesome air; wholesome exercise.
3.
suggestive of physical or moral health, especially in appearance.
4.
healthy or sound.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English ho(o)lsom (see whole, -some1); cognate with Old High German heilsam, Old Norse heilsamr
Related forms
wholesomely, adverb
wholesomeness, noun
Synonyms
1. helpful; good. 2. nourishing, nutritious. 2, 3. See healthy.
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British Dictionary definitions for wholesomeness

wholesome

/ˈhəʊlsəm/
adjective
1.
conducive to health or physical wellbeing
2.
conducive to moral wellbeing
3.
characteristic or suggestive of health or wellbeing, esp in appearance
Derived Forms
wholesomely, adverb
wholesomeness, noun
Word Origin
C12: from whole (healthy) + -some1; related to German heilsam healing
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Word Origin and History for wholesomeness

wholesome

adj.

c.1200, "of benefit to the soul," from whole (in the "healthy" sense) + -some (1). Physical sense first attested late 14c. Related: Wholesomely; wholesomeness.

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