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Syllabification: ther·a·peu·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌTHerəˈpyo͞odik

Definition of therapeutic in English:


1Of or relating to the healing of disease: diagnostic and therapeutic facilities
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  • He drafted a Bill to do just that, but to allow therapeutic cloning for disease research.
  • It is an energy-based therapeutic approach to healing, which uses a variety of techniques to treat the human energy system.
  • It banned a drug which had considerable therapeutic value and was far less harmful than many other medicines.
healing, curative, remedial, medicinal, restorative, salubrious, health-giving, tonic, reparative, corrective, beneficial, good, salutary
1.1Administered or applied for reasons of health: a therapeutic shampoo
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  • And the latter had recently announced that plastic surgery, except for specifically therapeutic reasons, was a sin.
  • There are very sound therapeutic reasons for docking lambs' tails that certainly do not apply to dogs.
  • He pierced her amniotic sac, making a therapeutic abortion necessary.
1.2Having a good effect on the body or mind; contributing to a sense of well-being: a therapeutic silence
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  • Paradoxically it is this smell that contributes to the therapeutic effect of garlic on the body.
  • It is believed that swimming with dolphins has a therapeutic effect.
  • Some brands of yogurt contain sufficient quantities of viable organisms to have a therapeutic effect.


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1 (therapeutics) The branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease and the action of remedial agents.
Example sentences
  • Finally, therapeutics, which addresses asthma prevention, disease modification, and reversal of underlying mechanisms, are of particular need and importance.
2A treatment, therapy, or drug: current therapeutics for asthma


mid 17th century: via modern Latin from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein 'minister to, treat medically'.



Example sentences
  • ‘People with multiple sclerosis can be aided by early intervention and proper ongoing medical and therapeutical care,’ she said.
  • According to the military court, the act of dunking a drunk's head in cold water ‘is intended to subdue or revive rather than to chastise; therapeutical rather than degredational.’
  • During the development of the prototype the team conferred with various medical and therapeutical institutions to ensure that it met medical requirements.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Thus, it is not just the visual contents of the photographs themselves that are so therapeutically important, but also everything that happens while the client is interacting with them.
  • It is apparently used therapeutically as an anticholinergic.
  • Some people use it therapeutically for conditions like arthritis and other diseases that cause painful joints, for digestive problems, and for skin problems.


( archaic )
Example sentences
  • The value of vitamins in the diet has been a burning subject among research chemists and therapeutists alike.
  • She called the therapeutist but he couldn't hear her.
  • The therapeutic relationship excludes any other form of relationship between the therapeutist and his patient.

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