Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving or tending to cure.
  • adj. Of or relating to the cure of disease.
  • n. Something that cures; a remedy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Possessing the ability to cure, to heal or treat illness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to, or employed in, the cure of diseases; tending to cure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to the cure of diseases.
  • Promoting cure; having the power or a tendency to cure.
  • n. That which cures or serves to cure; a remedy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
  • adj. tending to cure or restore to health

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French curatif, from Medieval Latin cūrātīvus, from Latin cūrātus, past participle of cūrāre, to cure, from cūra, care; see cure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • If that is dismissed, another plea--termed a curative petition--for reconsidering a judgment can be filed.

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  • And, she offered to submit what's known as a curative instruction to the jury -- telling them something that would help them not remember the hour of testimony where it looked like Mr. Arneson was a complete and total liar.

    Pellicano Trial: Mistrial Denied

  • And, she offered to submit what's known as a curative instruction to the jury--telling them something that would help them not remember the hour of testimony where it looked like Mr. Arneson was a complete and total liar.

    Allison Hope Weiner: Pellicano Trial: Mistrial Denied

  • And yet if I suffer it can only be with what I may call a curative suffering.

    The Conquest of Fear

  • Filing a legal challenge known as a curative amendment, he has claimed the ordinance is invalid because it illegally excludes prisons.

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  • It is perhaps too much to expect one in the midst of an illness to start at once with what we may call the curative attitude, although it could be done, but if those who are now well and strong will read and get a good understanding of this healthy way of facing an illness, and get it into their subconscious minds, they will find that if at any time they should be unfortunate enough to be attacked with illness, they can use the knowledge to very real advantage, and -- what is more -- they can, with the right tact, help others to use it also.

    Nerves and Common Sense

  • I am not bitter that the trial failed, because we never believed the "curative" description.

    The Shadow Side of Progress

  • The main task of the water supply operation and maintenance committee should be to ensure that the caretaker (and his staff) operate the system in accordance with a preventive maintenance concept (See 11.9) and by using appropriate and cost-effective "curative" procedures whenever necessary.

    11. Operation and maintenance of water supply systems

  • Police in the American South are familiar with the "curative" procedure, as well as "cures" for alleged snobbery, virginity, frigidity, and other dubious diagnoses by dickheads.

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  • Slide 41: ESPAC-4: Trial Design Patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas having 'curative' resection R1 only Randomization CHEMO CHEMO+RT Observation

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  • Ah, a ghost healer.

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