1. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary. Wholesome thirst and appetite. (milton) From which the industrious poor derive an agreeable and wholesome variety of food. (A Smith)
2. Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound; as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths; wholesome laws. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. (Prov. Xv. 4) I can not . . . Make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased. (Shak) A wholesome suspicion began to be entertained. (Sir W. Scott)
Origin: Whole _ some; cf. Icel. Heilsamr, G. Heilsam, D. Heilzaam.