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Whole"some (?), a. [Compar. Wholesomer (?); superl. Wholesomest.] [Whole + some; cf. Icel. heilsamr, G. heilsam, D. heilzaam.]


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.


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.


Sound; healthy.



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


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