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wholesome   WordNet 2.0

- sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind
"exercise develops wholesome appetites"
"a grin on his ugly wholesome face"

 
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- conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
"wholesome attitude"
"wholesome appearance"
"wholesome food"

 
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Wholesome   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary.

"Wholesome thirst and appetite." -- Milton.

"From which the industrious poor derive an agreeable and wholesome variety of food." -- A Smith.

2. 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.

"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life." -- Prov. xv. 4.

"I can not . . . make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased." -- Shak.

"A wholesome suspicion began to be entertained." -- Sir W. Scott.

3. Sound; healthy. [Obs.] Shak.

-- Whole"some*ly, adv. -- Whole"some*ness, n.

 
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