December 23, 2017
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?
Care workers at the senior living facility found that the new program of providing regular visits from therapy dogs had a salutary effect on the residents.
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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