healthful

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From health +‎ -ful.

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healthful (comparative healthfuller or more healthful, superlative healthfullest or most healthful)

  1. Beneficial to bodily health.
    • 1906, Princeton Alumni Weekly (volume 7, page 210)
      Hockey is an exciting and healthful form of exercise, well suited to college students []
  2. Conducive to moral or spiritual prosperity; salutary.
    • 1926, Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Folio Society 2008, p. 30:
      As he had been thinking for months about leaving his wife and had not done it because it would be too cruel to deprive her of himself, her departure was a very healthful shock.

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