Definition of curative
: relating to or used in the cure of diseases : tending to cure
Examples of curative in a Sentence
an herb believed to have curative powers
some believe that the herb has curative properties
Recent Examples of curative from the Web
In the U.S., our investment in population health vs. curative care does not come anywhere near the balance struck by our fire preparedness infrastructure.
Its curative powers turn your skin and nails softer than when you were born.
Patients are following curative research efforts closely.
The movie, filmed from 2012-13, finds Abramovic facing an eclectic, esoteric string of sacred rituals, natural curative techniques and cathartic immersions with her trademark openness, curiosity and audacity.
Similarly, tuberculosis sanatoria records proved that simple exposure to fresh air could be curative.
Beginning in the 19th century, some visitors believed the Holy Hill site had curative powers.
Judge Collet held that the literature accompanying the gadgets, claiming remarkable curative powers for them, was misleading.
In some cases, mineral owners are non-consenting because they cannot be located, or some curative action must take place to perfect the title.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of curative
CURATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of curative for English Language Learners
: able to cure diseases or heal people
Medical Definition of curative
: relating to or used in the cure of diseases
Legal Definition of curative
: serving or intended to cure defects curative instructions to the jury
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