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 Agency spokesman Art Mongillo said in an email that the department hired 20 people for a variety of nursing staff positions between March 19 and Aug. 13, the period specified in its corrective action plan. Dave Altimari,, 11 Oct. 2021 Under the terms of Falck’s contract with the county, the ambulance provider is required to implement a corrective action plan within the next 15 days. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct. 2021 Rhode Island Veterans Home, which is a skilled-nursing facility, had 16 unvaccinated health care employees as of Thursday and will be on a corrective action plan regarding the vaccine mandate., 1 Oct. 2021 Instead, deliver corrective feedback in small chunks to help the employee better understand their areas for improvement. Kuba Koziej, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 My recent research showed providing positive feedback was highly shared across the team, but the idea of corrective feedback was limited to very few. Jacque Anderson, Star Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 At every stage, parents can model and teach positive, prosocial behaviors, give corrective feedback and boost self-esteem. Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2021 This can be the fastest way to determine deficiencies and implement the corrective actions necessary to gain compliance. Melissa Montalvo, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Though a corporation can’t go to prison, PG&E could face more fines and corrective actions ordered by the court. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Corrective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of corrective

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


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



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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