Wholesome Whole"some, a. [Compar. {Wholesomer}; superl. {Wholesomest}.] [Whole + some; cf. Icel. heilsamr, G. heilsam, D. heilzaam.] [1913 Webster] 1. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary. [1913 Webster]

Wholesome thirst and appetite. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

From which the industrious poor derive an agreeable and wholesome variety of food. --A Smith. [1913 Webster]

2. Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound; as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths; wholesome laws. [1913 Webster]

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. --Prov. xv. 4. [1913 Webster]

I can not . . . make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A wholesome suspicion began to be entertained. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. Sound; healthy. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] -- {Whole"some*ly}, adv. -- {Whole"some*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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