therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik \

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 \ 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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And because of its therapeutic value, social workers get permission for children who must testify in court to bring their Thinking Putty with them. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Limitless Uses of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty," 26 Dec. 2018 Medical marijuana comes to Ohio Since 1970, the federal government has listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no therapeutic value although Chinese records from 5,000 years ago record humans using marijuana as medicine. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati hospitals reluctantly realize that medical marijuana is coming to town," 11 July 2018 Many other methods of changing RNA function for therapeutic uses already exist. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salk scientists adapt powerful gene-editing system to correct dementia in lab," 15 Mar. 2018 And the country’s Paro robot, a therapeutic bot that mimics a baby harp seal, is used in nursing homes to engage and entertain dementia patients. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Start your day with therapeutic sound healing therapy, then treat yourself to a complimentary 60-minute Swedish massage to relax your muscles. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 The company's entire collection was designed to serve a therapeutic purpose and teach children social and emotional life skills. Adam Schubak, Good Housekeeping, "We Figured Out How You Can Buy All Your Christmas Gifts on a $500 Budget," 21 Nov. 2018 From Tibetan singing bowls to Aboriginal didgeridoos, music has been used for its therapeutic effects for thousands of years. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 Some people have found collecting my work to be therapeutic and even helpful with counteracting addictions, depression, boredom, et cetera. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here’s Your First Look At Cult-Favorite Dishware Designer Rae Dunn’s New Book," 10 Sep. 2018

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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

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 \

Kids Definition of therapeutic

therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ -ˈpyüt-ik \

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 \ adverb
a therapeutically effective regimen therapeutically equivalent drugs

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