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.
Recent Examples on the Web The company agreed to a corrective action plan that addressed the alleged violations, documents show. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "“Trumpcare” Does Not Exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google Cash In on Misleading Ads for “Garbage” Health Insurance.," 21 Oct. 2020 In some very clear cases, corrective action is needed, to be sure. Byron Mccauley, The Enquirer, "McCauley: This is my final column. Be kind. Fare thee well.," 4 Oct. 2020 This state of affairs does not bode well for the future of American Christianity, and the author seeks to provide a bracing corrective. James E. Person Jr., National Review, "Rod Dreher’s Advice for Christians in a Secular Age," 17 Sep. 2020 Glass will oversee a second audit of Jefferson County Public Schools this fall and will recommend whether Kentucky's largest district needs to be taken over by the state after two years under a corrective plan. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Amid COVID-19 and budget woes, new Kentucky education chief says schools need 'stability'," 21 Sep. 2020 The city started implementing corrective actions to reduce spending until the impacts of COVID-19 on its finances could be determined. Juhi Varma, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land City Council unanimously approves fiscal year 2020-21 budget, property tax rate," 17 Sep. 2020 Reilly denied the allegation, but the Office found in the employee’s favor at the end of August and said USGS must take corrective action and provide documentation of whatever disciplinary measures are adopted. Adam Federman, Wired, "The Trump Team Has a Plan to Not Fight Climate Change," 15 Sep. 2020 Without corrective action, the economic welfare, and in some cases viability, of Minnesota farms and small businesses will be threatened, exacerbating the injuries businesses have already sustained because of the pandemic. Mark Haveman, Star Tribune, "A tax reform in Minnesota that's badly needed, long overdue," 4 Sep. 2020 Denmark’s Financial Supervisory Authority said it’s monitoring the case, which is similar to one last year that led the agency to issue a number of corrective orders to the bank and to report it to police. Frances Schwartzkopff, Bloomberg.com, "Danish Bank to Refund Clients for Losses in ‘Low-Risk’ Strategy," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of corrective

1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corrective was in 1531

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23 Oct 2020

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“Corrective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corrective. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for corrective

corrective

adjective
How to pronounce corrective (audio)

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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