/hel"thee/, adj., healthier, healthiest.1. possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.2. pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind: a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.3. conducive to good health; healthful: healthy recreations.4. prosperous or sound: a healthy business.5. Informal. fairly large: I bought a healthy number of books.[1545-55; HEALTH + -Y1]Syn. 1. hale, hearty, robust. 3. nutritious, nourishing. HEALTHY, HEALTHFUL, SALUTARY, WHOLESOME refer to the promotion of health. HEALTHY, while applied esp. to what possesses health, is also applicable to what is conducive to health: a healthy climate; not a healthy place to be. HEALTHFUL is applied chiefly to what is conducive to health: healthful diet or exercise.SALUTARY suggests something that is conducive to well-being generally, as well as beneficial in preserving or in restoring health: salutary effects; to take salutary measures. It is used also to indicate moral benefit: to have a salutary fear of devious behavior. WHOLESOME has connotations of attractive freshness and purity; it applies to what is good for one, physically, morally, or both: wholesome food; wholesome influences or advice.Ant. 1. sick.
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