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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The mud here has long been recognized for its curative properties.
▪ A curative tumour resection was the most important prognostic factor.
▪ For years, vintners lobbied regulators without success for permission to advertise therapeutic or curative effects of wine.
▪ Homoeopathy, on the other hand, stimulates the body to heal itself and its use can be truly curative.
▪ It therefore tends to be palliative rather than curative.
▪ Orthodox medicines tend to be palliative rather than curative.
▪ Preoperative radiotherapy did not change the percentage of curative resections.
▪ So which members of the Cabinet feel the need for his curative foot massage?
▪ The aroma has everything to do with its curative powers.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Curative \Cur"a*tive\ (k?r"?-t?v), a. [Cf. F.curatif. See Cure, v. t.] Relating to, or employed in, the cure of diseases; tending to cure.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Old French curatif (15c.) "curative, healing," from Latin curat-, past participle stem of curare "to cure" (see cure (v.)). As a noun, attested from 1857.


a. Possessing the ability to cure, to heal or treat illness.

  1. adj. tending to cure or restore to health; "curative powers of herbal remedies"; "her gentle healing hand"; "remedial surgery"; "a sanative environment of mountains and fresh air"; "a therapeutic agent"; "therapeutic diets" [syn: healing(p), alterative, remedial, sanative, therapeutic]

  2. n. a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain [syn: remedy, cure]


Curative may refer to:

  • Curative care, also called curative medicine, health care traditionally oriented towards seeking a cure for an existent disease or medical condition
  • Curative petition, a legal petition specific to the India justice system that is a final remedy after the dismissal of a review petition by the Supreme Court of India
  • Corrective rape, also called curative rape, a criminal practice, whereby homosexual women and men are raped by persons of the opposite sex to turn them heterosexual

Usage examples of "curative".

But time had worked its curative powers, and soon the letters were abrim with exciting events of this richest court in all the Middle Kingdoms, as well as with pride of new skills mastered.

Club-feet, wry neck, spinal curvature, hip-joint disease, white swellings, and stiffened joints, are all readily amendable to the curative effects of motion administered by the manipulator and other machinery.

Red cree lacked the medicinal quality of the blue in which, partly because of its chemical reaction to the ammoniated air and partly due to the latent eggs it harbored, lay the curative power so much in demand on Earth.

Across the Atlantic an officinal tincture is made from the Tomato for curative purposes by treating the apples, and the bruised fresh plant with alcohol, and letting this stand for eight days before it is filtered and strained.

But the citric acid of the shops is not nearly so preventive or curative of scurvy as the juice itself.

Keeping in view the transformable nature of force, and the need that our systems have of auxiliary power in different departments, when normal activity is impaired by disease, we can readily understand how undoubted, curative effects result from either the manual or the mechanical administration of motion.

Under their action, the tone of the system is greatly impaired, and it responds more feebly to the influence of curative agents.

The salt water is not curative, but is milder than simple water, and is, therefore, preferable for cleansing the passages.

Peter Yatt would define as feeling a rotifer astir in the curative compartment of a homoeopathic globule: and a playful fancy may do that or anything.

Another ointment, concocted from the green berries, with camphor and lard, is ordered by the London College as curative of piles.

And yet, notwithstanding all this concensus of praise from writers of different epochs, it does not appear that the Betony, under chemical analysis and research, shows itself as containing any special medicinal or curative constituents.

Hahnemann found that the Pansy violet, when taken by provers, served to induce cutaneous eruptions, or to aggravate them, and he reasoned out the curative action of the plant in small diluted doses for the cure of these symptoms, when occurring as disease.

We do not, however, prescribe these extracts to the exclusion of other well tested remedial agents, but do regard them, especially in the more confirmed and obstinate cases, as among our most positive curative agents.

We believe that we are placing a conservative estimate upon the remedial value of these animal juices, or extracts, when we say that they are destined to fill an important place in the curative resources of the specialist in chronic diseases.

The animal extracts, or juices, herein more fully described under the head of treatment for Nervous Exhaustion, have proven curative in some cases that have resisted other remedies.