Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Conducive to or indicative of good health or well-being; salutary: synonym: healthy.
  • adjective Conducive to or promoting social or moral well-being, especially in reflecting conventional moral values.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Healthy; whole; sound in mind or body.
  • Tending to promote health; favoring health; healthful; salubrious: as, wholesome air or diet; a wholesome climate.
  • Contributing to health of mind or character; favorable mentally or morally; sound; salutary: as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths.
  • Profitable; advantageous; hence, prosperous.
  • Clean and neat.
  • Synonyms Salutary, etc. (see healthy), nourishing, nutritious, invigorating, beneficial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary.
  • adjective Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound.
  • adjective obsolete Sound; healthy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Promoting good health and well-being.
  • adjective Promoting moral and mental well-being.
  • adjective Sound and healthy.
  • adjective Promoting virtue or being virtuous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
  • adjective sound or exhibiting soundness in body or mind

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English holsom, from Old English *hālsum; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.]

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whole +‎ -some

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