corrective

adjective
cor·​rec·​tive | \ kə-ˈrek-tiv \

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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Finally, the anonymity that catalog sales offered was a powerful corrective to the abuses of the Jim Crow era. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 The department required Questar to hire an independent firm to perform a security audit of the company’s systems and submit a corrective action plan. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Audit Says State Education Department Must Do More to Prevent Hacks of Student Data," 1 Dec. 2018 Cody Whitehair, Bears offensive lineman Daily agenda: Arrive at the Bears training facility around 8 a.m., corrective work, hot tub, stretching, breakfast, train starting at 9:30, lift, speed work, meet with position groups, lunch, go home. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "What do a sommelier, a Bears lineman and a penguin eat for lunch?," 26 Apr. 2018 Michigan will have three years to develop and implement plans to bring the areas into compliance, or face the potential of EPA officials enacting their own corrective measures. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit, other Michigan cities violating tighter ozone rules," 1 May 2018 Government economists try to account for seasonal changes, but the corrective measures may be only partially successful. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "U.S. Economy Grew by 2.3% in First Quarter, Easing Slightly," 28 Apr. 2018 In 2002, Eugenie was told she had curvature of the spine and would need corrective surgery. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Royal Fans Love How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Shows Off Her Scoliosis Scar," 12 Oct. 2018 There are many ways to improve a person, from vaccines to corrective eye surgery. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?," 25 Sep. 2018 An 11-year-old boy in the Philippines is recovering from a life-changing corrective surgery on his legs that was made possible by the Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Boy with deformed legs undergoes life-changing surgery at Tebow CURE Hospital," 27 July 2018

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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 \

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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