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

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Beginning in the late 1800s, Alpine also became known for its curative climate, attracting people with respiratory problems to an increasing number of resorts in area. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alpine: At 2,000 feet, the gateway to San Diego’s backcountry," 30 June 2019 In the Stage 3 setting, using all available options is important because physicians can approach treatment with a curative intent. Astrazeneca, USA TODAY, "Tapping into the immune system shows promise in stage 3 lung cancer," 3 June 2019 Because cervical cancer generally progresses slowly, early diagnosis is often crucial to detecting the disease when there are curative treatment options available. Leana Wen, SELF, "Before I Was President of Planned Parenthood, I Was Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer at a Routine Screening," 28 Jan. 2019 Proponents extoll the benefits of drinking celery juice on an empty stomach and avoiding cross-contamination with other green vegetables to maximize the curative, mystical powers of celery in its least wholesome form: juice. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 The idea that alkaline water is medicinal, curative, and able to bring about optimal health seems to be based on the belief that acidic properties in the body and blood are the cause of ill health and disease, and need to be neutralized. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 Everything that exists beyond the everyday is curative for you right now. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes August 27-September 2," 20 Aug. 2018 The stones have curative mineral properties; the staff had placed dozens of yak butter candles around me in a potato field (ah, Aman). Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 Filling a room with fragrance maximizes your exposure to the oil’s curative effects. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016

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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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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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