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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Recent Examples on the Web The setting and timing could not have been more therapeutic. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "Apple’s latest iPhones add another lens for those who live to take photos," 6 Nov. 2019 For John Castillo, though, talking about his son Kendrick is therapeutic. Meghan Lopez, The Denver Post, "Kendrick Castillo’s family says they are still waiting for an apology from their son’s shooters," 23 Sep. 2019 Cruz was in a special therapeutic school for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities before transferring to Stoneman Douglas in January 2016. Erika Pesantes,, "Family of Helena Ramsay asks judge for Parkland shooter's mental health records," 15 June 2018 The project involved transforming an old shed at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood into a usable, wheelchair-accessible space for therapeutic horse riders. Tracy Trobridge,, "Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Glenelg students excited to present new twists on ‘Snow White’," 15 Nov. 2019 But as states begin to lift or loosen their prohibitions on marijuana, major sports leagues are reconsidering their bans on therapeutic and even recreational cannabis use. Jimmy Golen,, "CBD company to advertise at doorstep of Patriots’ stadium," 25 Oct. 2019 In time Brogan and Junior will have to lower their weapons and figure out what’s going on, connecting in ways that are meant to be therapeutic for them and cathartic for the audience. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Two Will Smiths don’t double the pleasure in the ill-conceived ‘Gemini Man’," 10 Oct. 2019 The experience was beyond emotional and therapeutic for this family. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "So, What's It Really Like to Sell a Haunted Home?," 19 Sep. 2019 The interest in nutrition for both preventative and therapeutic purposes has also soared, including the awareness of eating practices from healthy populations around the globe. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Therapeutic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of therapeutic

: producing good effects on your body or mind
: of or relating to the treatment of illness


ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce therapeutic (audio) \

Kids Definition of therapeutic


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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