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)

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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 It is aimed at promoting patient comfort and personal dignity, rather than more curative medical procedures such as surgery or chemotherapy. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cal State San Marcos decision to honor former president criticized by students," 2 May 2021 Traditions include picking curative herbs, competing in wrestling competitions and visiting holy sites. Liza Weisstuch, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Cultural Experiences to Put on Your Post-Pandemic Bucket List," 27 Apr. 2021 But in the moments after, the culture of medicine proves curative and restorative. Robert Pearl, Forbes, "Doctors Can’t Cope With Anguish Of Covid-19 Casualties," 19 Apr. 2021 These findings paved the way for other holistic disciplines, including today’s forest medicine (the study of how wooded environments improve health) and ecotherapy (which considers the curative potential of natural settings). New York Times, "How to Create an At-Home Forest Bathing Ritual," 6 Apr. 2021 This nutritious soup is renowned for its curative properties and looks deceptively easy to make. John Malathronas, CNN, "Best Greek food: 24 of the tastiest selections," 13 Apr. 2021 In the past, as now, red coral was valued for its beauty, and in many cultures it is still believed to have protective and curative powers. Autumn Spanne, The Atlantic, "The Mediterranean’s Red Gold Is Running Out," 24 Feb. 2021 In those cases, a mouse virus ferrying a curative gene into cells landed its genetic cargo in a location that turned on a cancer gene. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Gene therapy trials for sickle cell disease halted after two patients develop cancer," 16 Feb. 2021 Eddy’s BodyMind Dancing, appropriate for any level or any body, is a delightful, curative way to spend a Monday night. New York Times, "‘Slowing Down to Feel’: Moving Our Minds Around Our Bodies," 22 Jan. 2021

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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 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of curative

: able to cure diseases or heal people


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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