Definition of salutary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsæljətri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæljəteri//
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having a good effect on somebody/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. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘remedy’): from French salutaire or Latin salutaris, from salus, salut- ‘health’.Extra examples The cost of the war should be a salutary warning to other governments. The experience was certainly salutary, but I wouldn’t want to repeat it! The fate of the heroine was meant to serve as a salutary lesson to young readers.
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