Definition of salutary in English:



  • 1(especially with reference to something unwelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial.

    ‘a salutary reminder of where we came from’
    • ‘The unpleasantness of this schism seems to have had a salutary effect on Tennent, who was more responsible for it than anyone else.’
    • ‘A rise in joblessness could cancel out the strong euro's salutary effect on consumer spending.’
    • ‘As a salutary side effect, reform may also be society's greatest protection against politically motivated violence.’
    • ‘There is no physiological system in the body which doesn't get the salutary effect of sound and soothing sleep.’
    • ‘The resulting convictions should serve as a salutary reminder to those who hold public office that they are bound by a duty of trust which they breach at their peril.’
    • ‘He had been remanded in custody for a short period of time and that had had a salutary effect upon him.’
    • ‘Vandell has an explanation for why these kinds of activities - such as art and music programs - have such salutary effects on kids.’
    • ‘These salutary effects of ezetimibe on statin levels presumably enhance the beneficial effects attributed to statin pleiotropy.’
    • ‘Disappointing as her father's edict was to her, it did have the salutary effect of keeping little Mary out of harm's way.’
    • ‘Kind words have just the opposite effect: They are salutary and healing because they offer encouragement and hope to others.’
    • ‘These missives have the salutary effect of not only making the author more careful but also of different points of view from one's own.’
    • ‘The second step was to show that improving function of the muscles of ambulation has a salutary effect on exercise tolerance.’
    • ‘All these had a very salutary effect on their physical afflictions and to a considerable extent served as their psychological treatment.’
    • ‘The generous New Hope program had a particularly salutary academic effect on boys, the team found.’
    • ‘It does not tell us, as many advocates have argued, that we could raise the minimum wage to $10 with salutary effect on poverty.’
    • ‘The trial is bound to be a show - but a show that is much more likely to have salutary effects, on balance.’
    • ‘But I couldn't imagine any of these bad dream poems having a salutary effect on the peace gathering.’
    • ‘Although such measures enabled Cavour to outmanoeuvre the clerical right in the short run, their long-term effects were less salutary.’
    • ‘But he said it appeared the court proceedings had had a salutary effect on her and he was prepared to make an exception to the rule that breach of trust offences required a prison sentence.’
    • ‘There are occasions when the petitioner's mother interjects into the discussions between the parties, which has no salutary effect.’
    beneficial, good, good for one, advantageous, profitable, productive, helpful, useful, of use, of service, valuable, worthwhile, practical
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    1. 1.1archaic Health-giving.
      ‘the salutary Atlantic air’
      • ‘Thus all spiritualities exist as sites of contention between salutary qualities and incapacitating effects.’
      • ‘It is evident from experimental animal studies and from human studies that statins have salutary effects in heart failure.’
      healthy, health-giving, healthful, salubrious, beneficial, good for one's health, wholesome
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Late Middle English (as a noun in the sense remedy): from French salutaire or Latin salutaris, from salus, salut- health.