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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Allowing a loved one to vent their feelings may prove therapeutic. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 27, 2019: Capriocorn, let someone else grab the reins; Libra, stay in the neutral zone," 27 June 2019 Worse, the book shows, equality itself separates into different things, friendship and authority, so that the wisest way to educate children is not self-evident, despite the therapeutic pieties of our times. Titus Techera, National Review, "A Teacher Confronts Reality," 26 June 2019 The therapeutic potential of psychedelics was discussed by scientists and enthusiasts. The Economist, "Magic mushrooms, illegal in most places, may have therapeutic uses," 7 June 2019 Even doctors and psychiatrists who are the most excited about the therapeutic potential of psychedelics agree that self-medicating is a dangerous prospect. Allure, "Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression," 19 Apr. 2019 Again, CBD’s therapeutic potential on chronic pain is supported by scientific literature, although the 10 mg in these full-spectrum capsules is a lower dose than has been evaluated in any study. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 In partnership with The OnSite Foundation, a nonprofit that provides counseling and emotional health education, the family is launching a therapeutic program for survivors of mass violence. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Columbine survivor and addiction recovery speaker Austin Eubanks died of heroin overdose, autopsy shows," 13 June 2019 One study published in 2005, which looked at 45 participants using Botox for both therapeutic and cosmetic reasons over the course of 12 years, found 30 percent of participants developed adverse reactions. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Are Giving Up Botox for Facial Massage," 23 May 2019 Classes are designed for all levels of students; therapeutic in nature, and students are taught to observe their body and breath, and to practice within their capacity. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 8 May 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 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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