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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: salutaire, from Latin salutaris, from salus; SALUTE1

salutary

adjective
     
sal‧u‧ta‧ry formal
a salutary experience is unpleasant but teaches you something
salutary experience/lesson/reminder etc
Losing money in this way taught young Jones a salutary lesson.

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