from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being in a state of ill health; sick.
- adj. Characterized by or symptomatic of ill health: an unhealthy pallor.
- adj. Causing or conducive to poor health; unwholesome: an unhealthy diet.
- adj. Harmful to character or moral health; corruptive: unhealthy reading material.
- adj. Characterized by or symptomatic of disturbed mental health: took an unhealthy interest in violence and fires.
- adj. Of a risky nature; dangerous: an unhealthy predicament.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. characterized by, or conducive to poor health
- adj. sick or ill
- adj. tending to corrupt
- adj. characterized by disturbed mental health
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not healthy; lacking health; without vigor of growth; unsound: as, an unhealthy child; an unhealthy plant.
- Not promoting health; unhealthful; unwholesome; as, unhealthy habits or food.
- Not indicating health; resulting from bad health; morbid: as, an unhealthy sign or craving; an unhealthy appearance.
- Morally unhealthful: as, unhealthy literature.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not conducive to good health
- adj. detrimental to health
- adj. not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
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His Books, like himself, are what I call unhealthy; not the good sort of Books.
Their oppression of others does not allow people to live their lives honestly, so they act out in unhealthy ways – Foley, Haggard, Craig, McGreevey, etc.
Ms. McCaskill, a Democrat who is facing reelection next year, was among the senators who also complained in a joint letter last year about the EPA proposal to tighten the definition of unhealthy ozone levels.
The therapist also pointed out that if a woman feels that she is aging and losing the battle to compete, she can get depressed and engage in unhealthy and counter-productive behaviors like drinking too much, using drugs, and developing eating disorders that are normally associated with much younger women.
Also, this is part of a larger gripe I have that we worship new technology in unhealthy ways.
This is part of our new technologically enabled, instantly archived, often-viral (as in unhealthy) social media landscape.
Another important aspect of this study noted by the authors is that women with greater weight concerns were apparently more likely to engage in unhealthy practices thus setting themselves up for greater weight gain in the long run.
I don't think that admitting that obesity can be unhealthy is the same as fat-shaming.
While most of this weight obsession may well be fueled by the unachievable “ideal” of body weight promoted by the fashion and cosmetics industry, it is not unusual to hear “better health” as a justification for openly engaging in unhealthy weight-loss behaviours.
Foreign subsidy is more likely to result in unhealthy dependence than in indigenously rooted change.