healthful vs sanitary what difference

what is difference between healthful and sanitary

English

Alternative forms

  • healthfull (archaic)

Etymology

From Middle English helthful, helþful, helþeful, equivalent to health +‎ -ful.

Adjective

healthful (comparative healthfuller or more healthful, superlative healthfullest or most healthful)

  1. Beneficial to bodily health.
    • 1906, Princeton Alumni Weekly (volume 7, page 210)
      Hockey is an exciting and healthful form of exercise, well suited to college students []
  2. Conducive to moral or spiritual prosperity; salutary.
    • 1926, Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Folio Society 2008, p. 30:
      As he had been thinking for months about leaving his wife and had not done it because it would be too cruel to deprive her of himself, her departure was a very healthful shock.

Synonyms

  • healthy
  • salubrious
  • salutary
  • wholesome

Usage notes

When a clearer distinction is intended, healthy is used to describe the state of the object, and healthful describes its ability to impart health to the recipient. Vegetables in good condition are both healthy (i.e., not rotten or diseased) and healthful (i.e., they improve the eaters’ health, compared to eating junk food). By contrast, a poisonous plant can be healthy, but it is not healthful to eat of.

Derived terms

  • healthfully
  • healthfulness

Related terms

  • heal
  • health
  • healthy

Translations



English

Etymology

19th century, borrowed from French sanitaire, formed from Latin sanitas (health).

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsænɪtɛɹi/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsænɪt(ə)ɹi/
  • Hyphenation: san‧i‧ta‧ry

Adjective

sanitary (comparative more sanitary, superlative most sanitary)

  1. Of, or relating to health.
  2. Clean and free from pathogens; hygienic.

Related terms

  • sane
  • sanity

Derived terms

Related terms

  • sanitize

Translations

Noun

sanitary (plural sanitaries)

  1. Sanitary towel.

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial