(?), a. [Compar. Wholesomer (?); superl. Wholesomest.] [Whole + some; cf. Icel. heilsamr, G. heilsam, D. heilzaam.]
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1. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary.
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Wholesome thirst and appetite.
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From which the industrious poor derive an agreeable and wholesome variety of food.
A Smith.
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2. 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.
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A wholesome tongue is a tree of life.
Prov. xv. 4.
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I can not . . . make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased.
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A wholesome suspicion began to be entertained.
Sir W. Scott.
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3. Sound; healthy. [Obs.] Shak.
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-- Whole"some*ly, adv. -- Whole"some*ness, n.
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