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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.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 268:
      The effect was most salutary; and, amid starts and screams—for the poor girl was fairly frightened out of the small portion of sense that, at any time, belonged to her—they learned that Lord Marchmont had been found dead in his bed; and that Lady Marchmont was, with the shock, in a state of almost insanity!
    • 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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