Definitions

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

  • adj. Having or exhibiting healing powers: a therapeutic agent; therapeutic exercises.
  • adj. Of or relating to therapeutics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to therapy.
  • adj. Having healing powers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the healing art; concerned in discovering and applying remedies for diseases; curative.
  • n. One of the Therapeutæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Curative; pertaining to the healing art; concerned in discovering and applying remedies for diseases. Also therapeutical.
  • n. One of the Therapeutæ.

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

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

Etymologies

New Latin therapeuticus, from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeutēs, one who administers, from therapeuein, to serve, administer treatment, from theraps, therap-, attendant; see therapy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin therapeuticus ("curing, healing"), from Ancient Greek θεραπευτικός (therapeutikos, "attentive, helpful, obliging, curative"), from θεραπευτής (therapeutēs, "one who waits on another, an attendant"), from θεραπεύω (therapeuō, "I wait on, attend, serve, cure"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Sometime it gets used to describe things that should be (should have been), rather than things done specifically for their therapeutic value.

    June 29, 2008