Adjective "salutary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially with reference to something unwelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'The unpleasantness of this schism seems to have had a salutary effect on Tennent, who was more responsible for it than anyone else.'
  3. 'The generous New Hope program had a particularly salutary academic effect on boys, the team found.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Disappointing as her father's edict was to her, it did have the salutary effect of keeping little Mary out of harm's way.'
  7. 'Kind words have just the opposite effect: They are salutary and healing because they offer encouragement and hope to others.'
  8. 'Vandell has an explanation for why these kinds of activities - such as art and music programs - have such salutary effects on kids.'
  9. 'But I couldn't imagine any of these bad dream poems having a salutary effect on the peace gathering.'
  10. 'It does not tell us, as many advocates have argued, that we could raise the minimum wage to $10 with salutary effect on poverty.'
  11. 'the salutary Atlantic air'
  12. 'Thus all spiritualities exist as sites of contention between salutary qualities and incapacitating effects.'


1. favorable to or promoting health; healthful.

2. promoting or conducive to some beneficial purpose; wholesome.

More examples(as adjective)

"wings can be salutary to critics."

"lessons can be salutary."

"reminders can be salutary."

"effects can be salutary."

"warnings can be salutary."

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Late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘remedy’): from French salutaire or Latin salutaris, from salus, salut- ‘health’.