corrective

adjective

cor·​rec·​tive kə-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce corrective (audio)
: intended to correct
corrective lenses
corrective punishment
corrective noun
correctively adverb

Example Sentences

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 corrective actions are determined on a case-by-case basis. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 In 2013, the FDA closed out its review after Abiomed took corrective actions that appeared to address the concerns. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 Ryan Russell, one of the parents who filed the lawsuit against Vanguard and several employees, said there was no corrective action the academy could take to regain his trust. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2022 Ford said Thursday that so far CID has reviewed cases of about 900 individuals, and a majority of them require some type of corrective action. Arkansas Online, 4 Nov. 2022 By 1997, Kurtz and Juhasz founded IntraLase, a company that focused on commercializing the bladeless LASIK technique for corrective eye surgery. Katie Hunt, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 His corrective surgery so far seems like a success. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 10 Sep. 2022 Dan explored the idea of corrective surgery to fix his injured back but the results of those kinds of surgeries were often hit and miss. Lucia Osborne-crowley, refinery29.com, 6 Sep. 2022 But Schwartz would embrace such a move once Beckham is fully recovered from the corrective surgery on the ACL after the Super Bowl. cleveland, 25 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corrective was in 1531

Dictionary Entries Near corrective

Cite this Entry

“Corrective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corrective. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

corrective

adjective

cor·​rec·​tive kə-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce corrective (audio)
: serving to correct : having the power of making right, normal, or regular
corrective lenses
corrective action
corrective noun

Medical Definition

corrective 1 of 2

adjective

cor·​rec·​tive kə-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce corrective (audio)
: intended to correct
corrective lenses
corrective surgery
correctively adverb

corrective

2 of 2

noun

: 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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