Healthful
Healthful Health"ful (-f[.u]l), a. 1. Full of health; free from illness or disease; well; whole; sound; healthy; as, a healthful body or mind; a healthful plant. [1913 Webster]

2. Serving to promote health of body or mind; wholesome; salubrious; salutary; as, a healthful air, diet. [1913 Webster]

The healthful Spirit of thy grace. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

3. Indicating, characterized by, or resulting from, health or soundness; as, a healthful condition. [1913 Webster]

A mind . . . healthful and so well-proportioned. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

4. Well-disposed; favorable. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Gave healthful welcome to their shipwrecked guests. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • healthful — late 14c., wholesome, curative, saving, from HEALTH (Cf. health) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Healthfully; healthfulness …   Etymology dictionary

  • healthful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or conducive to good health. DERIVATIVES healthfully adverb healthfulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • healthful — [helth′fəl] adj. 1. helping to produce, promote, or maintain health; salutary; wholesome 2. Rare HEALTHY healthfully adv. healthfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • healthful — adjective Date: 14th century 1. beneficial to health of body or mind 2. healthy < he felt incapable of looking into the girl s pretty, healthful face Saul Bellow > • healthfully adverb • healthfulness noun Synonyms: healthful, wholeso …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • healthful — [[t]he̱lθfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is healthful is good for your health. Does the college cafeteria provide a healthful diet?... Chinese cooking is both low in calories and healthful. Syn: healthy …   English dictionary

  • healthful — /ˈhɛlθfʊl/ (say helthfool) adjective 1. conducive to health; wholesome, or salutary: *After these occasions there was consciousness of exertion – a good strain such as the body might feel from healthful, unaccustomed action. –shirley hazzard,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • healthful — healthfully, adv. healthfulness, n. /helth feuhl/, adj. 1. conducive to health; wholesome or salutary: a healthful diet. 2. healthy. [1350 1400; ME helthful. See HEALTH, FUL] Syn. See healthy. * * * …   Universalium

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