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  • noun Plural form of alterative.


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  • Despite the fact that Essays in Positive Economics is the most cited work in economic science, few economists, to say nothing of their students, are clear about the need to distinguish theories that predict, which help us evaluate alteratives, from theories that explain, which help us formulate them.

    Economics and Moral Intuition, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Whenever someone complains tht a story was predictable, I want to start giving the alteratives and hear them respond to every one with "Well, I don't want that!"

    Expect the Unexpected

  • Most cure-alls from the 18th and 19th centuries were alteratives, blood cleansers and the like – meaning they largely worked on the bowel or other eliminative organs.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Potassium iodide, mercury protoiodide, colchicum seed, sarsaparilla, and arsenous acid are alteratives.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Preparatives and alteratives may be used as before, saving that there must be respect had as well to the liver, spleen, stomach, hypochondries, as to the heart and brain.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Against fearful Dreams, Redness, &c. When you have used all good means and helps of alteratives, averters, diminutives, yet there will be still certain accidents to be corrected and amended, as waking, fearful dreams, flushing in the face to some ruddiness, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Amongst this number of cordials and alteratives, I do not find a more present remedy, than a cup of wine or strong drink, if it be soberly and opportunely used.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Question #3: Name five emetics and five alteratives.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Of alteratives and cordials no man doubts, be they simples or compounds.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Compound alteratives censured, approved; compound purgers of melancholy; compound wines for melancholy

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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