cu·​ra·​tive | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-tiv How to pronounce curative (audio) , ˈkyər- \

Definition of curative

1 : relating to or used in the cure of diseases : tending to cure
2 law : serving to correct or negate We have instructed that if a complaint is vulnerable to … dismissal, a district court must permit a curative amendment, unless an amendment would be inequitable or futile.Phillips v. County of Allegheny, 515 F. 3d 224 (3rd Cir. 2008)

Other Words from curative

curative noun
curatively adverb

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Medical researchers are finding curative substances in places that surprise them. Folklore has led to some "new" cures of old diseases, and natural substances never before tried have often proved effective. Quinine, which comes from a tree in the Andes, was the original drug for malaria; aspirin's main ingredient came from willow bark; and Taxol, a drug used in treating several cancers, was originally extracted from the bark of a yew tree. The curative properties of these natural drugs are today duplicated in the laboratory.

Examples of curative in a Sentence

an herb believed to have curative powers some believe that the herb has curative properties
Recent Examples on the Web Believing the steady temperature and humidity to have curative properties, Dr. John Croghan brought a company of 16 withering patients into the caverns to see if his theory held. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 29 July 2022 For centuries, the land—which was occupied by Druids 1,500 years ago—has held a mystical reputation, with the soil especially known for its healing and curative powers, often used in tinctures and to treat wounds. Wired, 22 July 2022 Some scientists had decided to create an AI system that would seek to find new molecular compounds that could potentially pave the way toward curative drugs to solve to-date unsolved diseases and other ills. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Naturopathica takes a holistic approach to skincare, drawing on herbal healing practices, restorative spa treatments, and curative tinctures to deliver results that will build your skin health from the foundations up. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 While these drugs can only help with Alzheimer's symptoms, without targeting the cause of the disease, patients and families always hope for a curative approach. Mariana Lenharo,, 13 Apr. 2022 Though people in Asia had used the oil as a salve for skin conditions for centuries, British physician Frederic John Moaut only brought its curative properties to the Western world’s attention in 1854. Kathleen M. Wong, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 For decades, bone-marrow transplants have offered a potentially curative option for patients with sickle cell. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2022 Ever since the resort opened for business in 1896, it's been one of America’s greatest curative destinations—like Bath, England, but with better weather. Lauren Mechling, Vogue, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curative

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curative

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin cūrātīvus, from Latin cūrātus, past participle of cūrāre "to watch over, attend, treat (sick persons), restore to health" + -īvus -ive — more at cure entry 1

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“Curative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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cu·​ra·​tive | \ ˈkyu̇r-ət-iv How to pronounce curative (audio) \

Medical Definition of curative

: relating to or used in the cure of diseases

Other Words from curative

curative noun
curatively adverb


cu·​ra·​tive | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-tiv How to pronounce curative (audio) \

Legal Definition of curative

: serving or intended to cure defects curative instructions to the jury

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