December 22, 2012
salutary (adjective)
\SAL-yuh-tair-ee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : producing a good result2 : furthering good health
How do you use it?
Our best player, Jane, recovered from her foot injury, and her return has had a salutary effect on the team.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is the best example of something that could be described with the word "salutary"?

Answer C's "a period of rest" is something that would have a salutary effect on most people. "Salutary" traces back to the Latin root "salut-" or "salus," meaning "health," which in turn traces back to the Latin word "salvus," meaning "safe, healthy." "Salvus" is behind a number of words in English, including "safe," "salute," and "save." The name of the herb called "sage" also comes from "salvus," from its use in ancient medicines.
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