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salutary (SAL-yuh-ter-ee) adjective

1. Beneficial; useful; remedial.

2. Healthful.

[Via French salutaire, or directly from Latin salutaris, from salut-, stem of salus- (health). Ultimately from Indo-European root sol- (whole). A few other words derived from this root are salute, safe, salvage, solemn, and save.]

"'The measures are bound to have a salutary effect. We hope that the consumers now would not have to wait for years for redressal of their grievances,' said Prabir Basu, president of Consumer Lawyers' Association." Sanjay Mandal; Forum for Consumers Cuts Red Tape; The Telegraph (Calcutta, India); Apr 11, 2004.

"For the left, (Bob) Dylan is sometimes a bitter medicine, but also a salutary tonic." Mike Marqusee; Scourge of All Masters of War; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 25, 2003.

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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, and author (1872-1970)

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