therapeutic

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

Definition of therapeutic

  1. 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. 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. 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

therapeutic

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therapeutically

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Examples of therapeutic in a Sentence

  1. the therapeutic benefits of yoga

  2. Gardening can be very therapeutic.

  3. the therapeutic effects of radiation

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Origin and Etymology of therapeutic

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


First Known Use: 1646


THERAPEUTIC Defined for English Language Learners

therapeutic

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Definition of therapeutic for English Language Learners

  • : producing good effects on your body or mind

  • : of or relating to the treatment of illness


THERAPEUTIC Defined for Kids

therapeutic

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Definition of therapeutic for Students


Medical Dictionary

therapeutic

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adjective ther·a·peu·tic \-ˈpyüt-ik\

Medical Definition of therapeutic

  1. 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. 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

therapeutically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb a therapeutically effective regimen therapeutically equivalent drugs


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