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 Palliative care teams focus on providing relief from symptoms and improving quality of life for patients with serious illness, which can be done in conjunction with curative treatment. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Ventilators Aren’t Going to Cure COVID-19. Here’s What They Can Do.," 15 Apr. 2020 The curative powers of garlic combined with classic South Texas spices makes this a perfect comfort dish for anyone getting over a cold. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic," 18 Mar. 2020 Money isn’t curative for the type of trauma someone like Kelly experienced, Powell said. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "A woman’s hard-luck story on YouTube led to thousands in donations. Some smelled a scam.," 27 Feb. 2020 In addition to multiple pools, tea programs, a salon and a shop, this curative destination also boasts luxurious treatments discriminating patrons. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "4 Houston hotels earn 4-star status in new Forbes' Travel Guide," 18 Feb. 2020 Much more likely, Safer said, is that the 6,370 deaths over four decades the FDA lists as connected to this drug are in terminally ill cancer patients who are prescribed Lupron as a palliative, not curative, treatment. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "A viral fake news story linked trans healthcare to "thousands" of deaths," 27 Sep. 2019 But a complex phenomenon known as antibiotic resistance is now sapping the drugs' curative power. David Freeman, NBC News, "Antibiotics are losing their power against deadly infections. Can we fix the problem?," 10 Oct. 2019 But by giving so freely of his time and of himself, what Mraz taught the kids, consciously or not, is that music is a great natural curative, maybe even the greatest of all. Chuck Yarborough,, "Jason Mraz and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra discover ‘Life is Wonderful’ in collaborative concerts," 16 June 2019 Studies outside China have not been able to confirm their apparently curative properties. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019

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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 29 May. 2020.

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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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