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
therapeuticallyplay \-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
Recent Examples of therapeutic from the Web
How to get a therapeutic use exemption to legally take stimulants for ADHD, which apparently afflicts nearly one in 10 MLB players.
A therapeutic horse-riding program for disabled children run by a Naperville woman will not be kicked out of its 15-year location.
The voice of a generation strongly associated with narcissism, shallowness, lack of commitment, chronic immaturity, a co-dependent relationship with therapeutic jargon, and a tendency to fall to pieces when criticized?
As of February, the young teen had been released from the hospital into a therapeutic foster home where he is said to be doing well.
But Adut is lucky: Nurses were able to treat his malnutrition with antibiotics and therapeutic formulas.
Therapeutic equine centers meet a special need for those who face a wide array of physical limitations or other challenges.
The therapeutic school closed in 2016 after no students were enrolled during the 2015-16 school year.
Morgan King, 21, is a single mom studying therapeutic care at the University of Tennessee.
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Origin and Etymology of therapeutic
Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to attend, treat, from theraps attendant
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
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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
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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
therapeutically\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb a therapeutically effective regimen therapeutically equivalent drugs
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