AskDefine | Define wholesomeness

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wholesome \Whole"some\, a. [Compar. Wholesomer; superl. Wholesomest.] [Whole + some; cf. Icel. heilsamr, G. heilsam, D. heilzaam.] [1913 Webster]
Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary. [1913 Webster] Wholesome thirst and appetite. --Milton. [1913 Webster] From which the industrious poor derive an agreeable and wholesome variety of food. --A Smith. [1913 Webster]
Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound; as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths; wholesome laws. [1913 Webster] A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. --Prov. xv.
[1913 Webster] I can not . . . make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A wholesome suspicion began to be entertained. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
Sound; healthy. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] -- Whole"some*ly, adv. -- Whole"some*ness, n. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wholesomeness n : the quality of being beneficial and generally good for you [ant: unwholesomeness]



  1. The state of being wholesome.
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