New Word: “Salutary”

By Deane Barker • Posted on October 24, 2015 • Filed under words

An adjective:

(especially with reference to something unwelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial.

So, something is not objectively pleasant, but that provides good benefits overall.  Found in a sabbatical application:

Rubbing shoulders with [discipline] scholars again with be salutary.

In this case, the use was more generic – rubbing shoulders with other scholars wasn’t viewed as negative; “salutary” just meaning “good” more generally.

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