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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Wahab introduced a council referral to take corrective action against Reliant. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Evictions, displacements in Hayward apartment complex weigh on council members," 11 Sep. 2019 On the rare occasion that these standards are not followed, swift corrective action will result. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Two Cleveland Heights housing inspectors now gone after ethics probe," 3 Sep. 2019 When asked by the state to address the issues at the lab, Teitel said, the company complied with documents, explanations and recommended corrective actions. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "State orders recall of marijuana products tested by shuttered Walled Lake lab," 30 Aug. 2019 The office has the power to seek corrective action, disciplinary action against federal officials, or both. Georgina Gustin, sun-sentinel.com, "Top CDC health and climate scientist files whistleblower complaint," 18 Aug. 2019 Anything below 85 is considered unsatisfactory and the cruise line is required to submit a corrective action report to address the issues. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Carnival Fantasy, based in Mobile, fails health inspection; flies, improper sneeze guards cited," 9 Aug. 2019 The agency also said that corrective actions taken by Harkema’s team had adequately addressed the non-compliance. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "How a Revolutionary Technique Got People with Spinal-Cord Injuries Back on Their Feet," 7 Aug. 2019 In his career at NASA, Borman later served as a member of the Apollo 204 Fire Investigation Board, which investigated the cause of the deadly Apollo 1 fire and recommended corrective measures. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Meet these 12 astronauts — each from Indiana," 20 July 2019 Both Tankersley and Hatcher cite the civil rights movement as an example of Americans coming to a consensus that the status quo was unacceptable and supporting corrective action. Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, "America forced to question its identity through the lens of Donald Trump," 26 July 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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