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English definition of “wholesome”


adjective uk   /ˈhəʊl.səm/ us    /ˈhoʊl-/ approving
good for you, and likely to improve your life either physically, morally, or emotionally: wholesome food good, wholesome family entertainment He looks like a nice, wholesome, young man.Useful or advantageous
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Useful or advantageous
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