Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a salutary process.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The process was salutary.”)
Something salutary is good for health, or is wholesome and beneficial.
How to use it:
You might ask, "If I already know 'healthy' and 'healthful,' why do I need 'salutary'?" Well, "salutary" makes it clear that you're talking about something that leads to health or promotes health, rather than something that has health.
More importantly, "salutary" is especially good for talking about abstract health rather than physical health: whatever is salutary can help people or things be more vital, vigorous, strong, stable, prosperous, growing, effective, powerful, and more free from anything that gets in the way of those qualities.
So, talk about people or groups or places or ideas experiencing a salutary benefit, a salutary effect, a salutary lesson, a salutary change or shift, a salutary event or encounter, and so on.
You can certainly be less abstract and talk about the salutary benefits of exercise or the salutary effect of your medicine, but in my view, it's better to just say "the health benefits of exercise" and "the medicine's effect."
I was surprised to learn recently that some complementary and alternative therapies are not just harmless or moderately effective placebos but are actually proven to be salutary.
When I first started working as a private tutor, I made plenty of mistakes that turned out to be salutary lessons for me in planning and setting limits.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "salutary" means when you can explain it without saying “helpful" or "healthful."
Think of a habit you have that's good for your mind or your spirit, and fill in the blanks: "The salutary effect of _____ makes it worthwhile for me."
Example: "The salutary effect of reading the Change My View subreddit makes it worthwhile for me; it helps me keep an open mind and remember that even people I vehemently disagree with are still rational folks whose ideas deserve consideration."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our game for July is called A Verbal Tour of the US. I’ll ask you a trivia question each day this month about the names of US cities, states, geographic features, etc. Try it out each day, and see the right answer the next day. Happy verbal trails to you!
A village and town in New York, a valley in Vermont and New York, a lake in that region, a river tributary, and a bunch of places in Canada are all probably named after this one French explorer, Samuel de Ch_______. He was also known as The Father of New France. What was his full name?
Answer: Samuel de Champlain. Explorer, mapmaker, and place-namer extraordinaire!
Try this one today:
To a resident of the northeastern US, what does the acronym HOMES stand for?
A Point Well Made:
Tom Wolfe: “Aside from love, the cardinal virtues, and time, there is no greater gift parents can give a child than an education.”
1. The opposite of SALUTARY is
2. The abrupt change had the salutary effect of _____
A. interrupting our progress and forcing us to start over.
B. requiring us to organize and test our backup resources.
C. refocusing our efforts toward a smaller, less effective goal.
Answers are below.
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