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 The sessions, which use non-toxic paint, enable participants to paint on the horses in an experience that is described as therapeutic for both horses and people. Lisa Gregory, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Horses, humans ‘form a bond’ through painting at Hampstead’s Happy on Hooves," 16 Sep. 2019 The drug has been thoroughly studied in connection with pain reduction and other therapeutic interventions, but its effect on cancer was not previously known. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio researchers check synthetic version of capsaicin — the heat in chili peppers — for cancer-killing effects," 9 June 2019 But one recent study, by Danish researchers, supported the benefits of therapeutic intervention. New York Times, "How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis," 8 June 2018 Studies show that the positive and therapeutic effects of cannabis are due to the influence of cannabinoids on patients’ endocannabinoid systems. Maria Loreto, chicagotribune.com, "Why does cannabis make some people freak out?," 9 Sep. 2019 Even more therapeutic, though, was rock and ice climbing. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 But sometimes sharing a moment of silence interspersed with bouts of pain can feel therapeutic, said Maya, another volunteer. Alison Kuznitz, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I validate your pain’: A new suicide prevention program on Cape Cod is rethinking mental health care," 10 Aug. 2019 To apply to the advisory group, contact Tracey Gott, senior and therapeutic services manager, at tgott@sunnyvale.ca.gov or 408-730-7365. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Sunnyvale community briefs for the week of July 26," 26 July 2019 For some people, companion bots can be therapeutic, or help them build better connections to the humans around them. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Second Coming of the Robot Pet," 1 July 2019

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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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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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