Definition of curative in English:

curative

Line breaks: cura|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊərətɪv
 
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adjective

noun

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  • A curative medicine or agent.
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    • Since many of the men had been captured because they were too wounded or sick to escape, and since prison life offered no curatives for recovery, death was a daily occurrence in every Civil War prison.
    • Many of the objects mentioned above have been credited with beneficial or medicinal properties, and prescribed in one form or another as curatives or aphrodisiacs.
    • It governs the healing principle so it has signification over herbs that are all-round curatives, such as selfheal (prunella).

Derivatives

curatively

adverb
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  • At present, there is some evidence that retinoid or high-dose vitamin A chemoprevention may reduce the recurrence rate and improve the disease-free interval in patients curatively resected for stage I lung cancer.
  • We sprayed curatively and we were able to increase our spray intervals.
  • ‘We combat many insect problems curatively with sprays, but the emerald ash borer is a completely different story,’ said Lang.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'relating to cures'): from French curatif, -ive, from medieval Latin curativus, from Latin curare (see cure).

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