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.