therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce therapeutic (audio) \

Definition of therapeutic

1 : of or relating to the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods : curative, medicinal therapeutic diets They confirmed the therapeutic effect of supplemental light in treating winter depression with phototherapy.— Richard Wurtman and Judith Wurtman A just-right amount is the therapeutic dose, just enough to provide the intended effect without problems.— Paul G. Donohue
2 : having a beneficial effect on the body or mind Warm lotion manicures … are a luxurious, therapeutic treat …Elle … they painted, hoed, swept, and planted when the mood for therapeutic work struck them, and lolled on the beach when they felt like it.— David Guterson
3 : producing a useful or favorable result or effect In classical economics, before the illusion of fine-tuning became widespread, recessions were regarded as therapeutic.— Geoffrey Smith and Jane Sasseen

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Other Words from therapeutic

therapeutic noun
therapeutically \ ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce therapeutically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of therapeutic in a Sentence

the therapeutic benefits of yoga Gardening can be very therapeutic. the therapeutic effects of radiation
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Recent Examples on the Web Each gym features therapeutic equipment including but not limited to trampoline, zip line, multiple swings, rock wall, climbing cargo net wall, and more. baltimoresun.com, "Children’s gym that serves kids with autism, other special needs, opens in Forest Hill," 19 Sep. 2020 The result has been so magical and so therapeutic and FUN. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Sam Smith Announces Album 'Love Goes,' Drops New Single 'Diamonds'," 17 Sep. 2020 Somryst, a nine-week prescription digital therapeutic for chronic insomnia, which will be commercially available in the third or fourth quarter of 2020, must by prescribed and monitored by a licensed health care provider. Sarah Sekula, CNN, "Searching for more zzzs? There is a sleep app for that," 27 Aug. 2020 Includes creative writing classes, visual and therapeutic arts, music, lectures, interviews, workshops, theater basics, storytelling, etc. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Sept. 9," 6 Sep. 2020 Researchers are now testing therapeutic drugs that target these molecules as potential treatment. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Why do some people get sick from COVID-19 and others don’t? Stanford study may unravel the mystery," 12 Aug. 2020 Retreating from public view can be therapeutic today. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for August 23, 2020," 23 Aug. 2020 The White House has said there will be a major therapeutic breakthrough on the virus announced today. CBS News, "Transcript: Scott Gottlieb discusses coronavirus on "Face the Nation," August 23, 2020," 23 Aug. 2020 Watching the tableau of kite flying, Zumba classes and birthday parties in an early-evening Sunset Park was therapeutic. Todd Heisler, New York Times, "Witnessing Pandemic New York, With an Ear to the Past," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of therapeutic

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for therapeutic

Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to attend, treat, from theraps attendant

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The first known use of therapeutic was in 1646

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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Therapeutic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapeutic. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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therapeutic

adjective
How to pronounce therapeutic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of therapeutic

: producing good effects on your body or mind
: of or relating to the treatment of illness

therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce therapeutic (audio) \

Kids Definition of therapeutic

therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ -ˈpyüt-ik How to pronounce therapeutic (audio) \

Medical Definition of therapeutic

1 : of, relating to, or used in the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods : curative, medicinal … the dose was increased to 8 mg per day, which is the higher end of the therapeutic dosage range.— Hasan B. Alam et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 8 Oct. 2009 Conscious sedation is used increasingly in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, ranging from gastrointestinal endoscopy to minor surgery in patients who are relaxed, but responsive.The Journal of the American Medical Association, 22 Sept. 1993 They confirmed the therapeutic effect of supplemental light in treating winter depression with phototherapy.— Richard Wurtman and Judith Wurtman, Scientific American, January 1989
2 : having a beneficial effect on the body or mind California psychotherapist Annette Goodheart believes not only that laughter can be therapeutic but also that therapy needs to include laughter.— Jeff Wagenheim, New Age Journal, Winter 1993

Other Words from therapeutic

therapeutically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce therapeutically (audio) \ adverb
a therapeutically effective regimen therapeutically equivalent drugs

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