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Borrowed from Middle French salutaire and its source, Latin salutaris (healthful), from salus (health).



salutary (comparative more salutary, superlative most salutary)

  1. Effecting or designed to effect an improvement; remedial: salutary advice.
    • 1972, Michael Chanan, “Logic Lane”, in YouTube[1]:
      We do it here historically, and I think it's, um, very salutary to know quite a bit about the history of ideas, particularly in philosophy which always suffers from a tendency to follow the latest fashion.
  2. Promoting good health and physical well-being; wholesome; curative.

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Not to be confused with salutatory (“characteristic of a salutation or greeting”).


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