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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 serving to raise or adjust something to some standard or proper condition
  • eyeglasses are called corrective lenses by the department of motor vehicles

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2 inflicting, involving, or serving as punishment
  • a corrective sentence of five years' hard labor

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Synonyms of corrective (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a force or influence that makes an opposing force ineffective or less effective
  • a substantial outflow of people proved to be the necessary corrective for the spiraling cost of housing

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2 something that corrects or counteracts something undesirable
  • the only corrective to bad behavior is good, firm discipline

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The first known use of corrective was in 1531

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“Corrective.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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