adjective Date: 13th century 1. promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit 2. promoting health of body 3. a. sound in body, mind, or morals b. having the simple health or vigor of normal domesticity 4. a. based on well-grounded fear ; prudent <
a wholesome respect for the law
b. safe <
it wouldn't be wholesome for you to go down there — Mark Twain
Synonyms: see healthful, healthywholesomely adverbwholesomeness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • wholesome — [hōl′ səm] adj. [ME holsom, akin to ON heilsamr, Ger heilsam: see WHOLE & SOME1] 1. promoting or conducive to good health or well being; healthful [a wholesome climate] 2. tending to improve the mind or character [a wholesome film for children] 3 …   English World dictionary

  • wholesome — index clean, remedial, salubrious, salutary, unaffected (sincere) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wholesome — (adj.) c.1200, of benefit to the soul, from WHOLE (Cf. whole) (in the healthy sense) + SOME (Cf. some). Physical sense first attested late 14c. Related: Wholesomely; wholesomeness …   Etymology dictionary

  • wholesome — 1 *healthful, healthy, salubrious, salutary, hygienic, sanitary Antonyms: noxious Contrasted words: deleterious, detrimental, *pernicious 2 sound, *healthy, robust, hale, well Analogous words: *strong, s …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wholesome — [adj] healthy, decent all there, beneficial, clean, edifying, ethical, exemplary, fit, good, hale, healthful, health giving, helpful, honorable, hygienic, in fine feather*, innocent, in the pink*, invigorating, moral, nice, normal, nourishing,… …   New thesaurus

  • wholesome — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ conducive to or promoting good health and physical or moral well being. DERIVATIVES wholesomely adverb wholesomeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • wholesome — [[t]ho͟ʊlsəm[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe something as wholesome, you approve of it because you think it is likely to have a positive influence on people s behaviour or mental state, especially because it does not involve… …   English dictionary

  • wholesome — wholesomely, adv. wholesomeness, n. /hohl seuhm/, adj. 1. conducive to moral or general well being; salutary; beneficial: wholesome recreation; wholesome environment. 2. conducive to bodily health; healthful; salubrious: wholesome food; wholesome …   Universalium

  • wholesome — whole|some [ˈhəulsəm US ˈhoul ] adj [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: whole healthy, whole + some] 1.) likely to make you healthy wholesome food/fare/meal etc ▪ well balanced wholesome meals 2.) considered to have a good moral effect ▪ The food is fresh …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wholesome — whole|some [ houlsəm ] adjective 1. ) wholesome food is food that is good for you: wholesome home cooked meals 2. ) considered to have a good influence on people, for example because it does not involve sex or drugs: wholesome family… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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