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
Aharonian was among a group of breast cancer survivors who participated in a retreat hosted by Casting for Recovery, a nonprofit organization created in 1996 to provide women with peer support, education and the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing.
In its heyday between the 1940s and 1960s, its most prominent practitioners enjoyed status as public intellectuals, and its ideas and therapeutic models figured in the popular culture.
Their service work concluded last Thursday when the class assisted at Reigns Ranch, a therapeutic riding program in Fallbrook.
Inspired partly by their own use of the drug for pain relief, or by caring for others who use it for their own aches, these women see viable business opportunities and view their work as therapeutic for their customers.
Even now, there’s still a small number of people who think drilling holes in their skulls is therapeutic.
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Origin and Etymology of therapeutic
Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to attend, treat, from theraps attendant
First Known Use: 1646
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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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