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Causing or conducive to poor health; unwholesome.


another word for unhealthy


(ʌnˈhɛlθ fəl)

not conducive to good health; unwholesome.
un•health′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unhealthful - not sanitary or healthfulunhealthful - not sanitary or healthful; "unsanitary open sewers"; "grim and unsanitary conditions"
2.unhealthful - detrimental to good healthunhealthful - detrimental to good health; "unhealthful air pollution"; "unhealthful conditions in old apartments with peeling lead-based paint"
infected, septic - containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms; "a septic sore throat"; "a septic environment"; "septic sewage"
toxic - of or relating to or caused by a toxin or poison; "suffering from exposure to toxic substances"
unwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"
healthful - conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"
3.unhealthful - detrimental to healthunhealthful - detrimental to health    
unwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"
References in classic literature ?
The food is the same as in other prisons, -- that is, very bad; the lodging is very unhealthful, but, on the whole, passable for a dungeon; but it is not that which I wish to speak of, but a secret I have to reveal of the greatest importance.
It strikes me as unnatural and unhealthful that men should be totally separated from women and herd through the world by themselves.
While we may adhere to a better diet and stop indulging in unhealthful foods,some of us will find it difficult to lose the excess weight that troubles us.
Researchers say deaths related to insufficient healthier foods and nutrients are as substantial as those related to excess unhealthful foods and nutrients.
Canola is a rapeseed variety that was traditionally bred to have lower levels of unhealthful erucic acid.
Restaurant fare can be just as unhealthful as fast food items, according to a study of 18,000 Americans.
The alerts have been effective in keeping smoke from raising pollution to unhealthful levels on fall and winter days when the air is stagnant.
If an individual believes weight to be outside of the influence of diet and exercise, she or he may engage in more behaviors that are rewarding in the short term, such as eating unhealthful foods and avoiding exercise, rather than healthful behaviors with more long-term benefits for weight management," wrote study authors Dr.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Getting patients to abandon unhealthful behaviors to better control diabetes can be hard, and sometimes the clinician is the problem, according to behavioral psychologist William H.
The brain becomes wired to seek - and expect - greater rewards from food, which leads to unhealthful overeating.
Low drinking water intake was associated with age, region of residence and several unhealthful behaviors and attitudes," the study's authors wrote.
Breathing secondhand smoke is certainly unhealthful, particularly for young people, and smokers should not smoke in the company of children.