corrective

adjective
cor·​rec·​tive | \ kə-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce corrective (audio) \

Definition of corrective

: intended to correct corrective lenses corrective punishment

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Other Words from corrective

corrective noun
correctively adverb

Examples of corrective in a Sentence

She had corrective surgery on her knee this past summer. People with bad eyesight usually need to wear corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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According to the Federal Aviation Administration, trained pilots take 1.1 seconds to become aware that a small or high-speed object could pose a serious threat in the air and then another 0.4 seconds to take corrective action. Neil Greenberg, courant.com, "MLB’s netting dilemma: With current standards, danger is just a second away," 5 June 2019 According to a county corrective action plan, deputies responded to a call in July 2015 about a 7-week-old baby with a skull fracture and brain hemorrhaging. Maya Lau, latimes.com, "L.A. County to pay $3 million to family who says failed 911 calls led to girl's death," 4 June 2019 The report says corrective action was required, including a directive that jail staff be retrained to stress the importance of proper well-being checks and proper documentation of well-being checks. Dave Olson, Twin Cities, "Minnesota inmate, 19, died from care so inadequate it shocks the conscience, lawsuit alleges," 3 June 2019 But hindsight—and documentaries—are often 2020, and as each of Ocasio-Cortez’s compatriots suffer crushing losses in their own districts, their pain is a necessary corrective to any certainty AOC’s march to the finish might convey. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Knock Down the House Reminds Us that AOC's Triumph Almost Wasn't," 3 May 2019 All too often, the answers to these questions are yes, which is why tanning expert Jules Von Hep founded Isle of Paradise, a line of self-tanners with color-corrective technology (and without harsh synthetic ingredients). Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Exclusive: Isle of Paradise Launches Its First Clear Tanning Mousse, and I Got to Try It," 1 Apr. 2019 The deal creates a giant with $18 billion in annual sales and a 30% share of the global eyewear market, which includes corrective glasses as well as shades. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Investors Are Still Too Sunny on Ray-Ban," 20 Mar. 2019 What’s more, the larger progressive push for a revival and reinvigoration of antitrust enforcement is an important corrective to a regulatory landscape that has become much too permissive in the 21st century. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking," 11 Dec. 2018 The daughter of two British ex-pats—a former modern dancer and an electrician at MGM—Verdon developed rickets as a child, forcing her to wear corrective boots and braces to straighten her legs. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of corrective

1531, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for corrective

corrective

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of corrective

: meant to correct a problem : intended to make something better

corrective

adjective
cor·​rec·​tive | \ kə-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce corrective (audio) \

Medical Definition of corrective

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: intended to correct corrective lenses corrective surgery

Other Words from corrective

correctively adverb

corrective

noun

Medical Definition of corrective (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medication that removes undesirable or unpleasant side effects of other medication phenobarbital acts as a corrective in overcoming the insomnia produced by ephedrine

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