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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What are 'corrective distributions' on my statements? Annoyances! Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "401(k) investing: 6 tips for managing your retirement savings," 8 July 2018 His goal was to have as many people as possible see his historically corrective work, and it was widely reproduced on calendars and record album covers and used in films and on television. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Charles White finally gets his due with a retrospective at the Art Institute," 3 July 2018 In announcing the corrective recommendations May 16, the state board promised to appoint — and pay for — a special monitor to work with CPS over the next three years. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "CPS students denied special education services amid 'cycle of chaos,' parents say," 19 June 2018 Remedy Wellness already provided massage therapy, corrective facials and Reiki, says McCarthy. Kathi Santora, baltimoresun.com, "Remedy Wellness offers flotation therapy as unconventional approach to pain relief," 25 May 2018 There’s no time to send any corrective commands from Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why NASA is launching a spacecraft to Mars to feel the planet as it rumbles," 3 May 2018 Victoria Vetter, a pediatric cardiologist at the Philadelphia hospital, detected an abnormal heart rhythm and performed a corrective procedure called an ablation. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Infant heart surgery is just the start of lifelong issues. Doctors are developing new ways to cope," 9 Mar. 2018 The corrective-lenses question moved to the top of the list. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, "10 billion hours of paperwork!? Philadelphia, other cities aim to simplify those forms," 18 May 2018 North Carolina requires drivers to have at least 20/40 vision in one or both eyes in order to drive without corrective lenses. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Older drivers are linked to fatal crashes. Is 10 years too long between DMV eye exams? | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 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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