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corrective Line breaks: cor¦rect|ive
Pronunciation: /kəˈrɛktɪv/

Definition of corrective in English:


Designed to correct or counteract something harmful or undesirable: management were informed so that corrective action could be taken
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  • Poorly designed policies can delay corrective steps and create monopoly.
  • Why wasn't I hurrying to a phone to call and get corrective instructions to the appropriate building?
  • It can then pass on operator instructions and corrective actions to the ‘guilty’ machine.


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A thing intended to correct or counteract something else: the move might be a corrective to some inefficient practices within hospitals
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  • While his specific correctives continue to be ignored or treated as quaint or whimsical, the book has appeal for the modern reader.
  • What I think is that we are dealing with a sick patient, one apt to slide back into the same old destructive habits without some firm and concrete correctives in place.
  • The necessary correctives, after all, would have to be brutal.


Mid 16th century: from French correctif, -ive or late Latin correctivus, from Latin correct- 'brought into order' from the verb corrigere (see correct).



Example sentences
  • ‘Your information is lacking,’ he responded correctively.
  • ‘I believe there is a place for it only if it's applied correctively to help influence good behaviour,’ he said.
  • Although, the autonomous status of regionalism became fully effected after the Amalgamation Pact of 1963 and was correctively applied into the system.

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