Definition of salutary adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

salutary

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈsælyəˌtɛri//
 
 
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having a good effect on someone or something, though often seeming unpleasant a salutary lesson/experience/warning The accident was a salutary reminder of the dangers of climbing. This would have a salutary effect upon the health of the family.
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