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

  • adj. Tending or intended to correct: corrective lenses.
  • n. An agent that corrects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to correction; serving to correct
  • n. Something that corrects or counteracts something, especially an injury or disability
  • n. limitation; restriction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power to correct; tending to rectify.
  • adj. Qualifying; limiting.
  • n. That which has the power of correcting, altering, or counteracting what is wrong or injurious.
  • n. Limitation; restriction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power to correct; having the quality of removing or counteracting what is wrong, erroneous, or injurious; tending to rectify: as, corrective penalties.
  • n. That which has the power of correcting or amending; that which has the quality of removing or counteracting what is wrong or injurious: as, alkalis are correctives of acids; penalties are correctives of immoral conduct.
  • n. Limitation; restriction.

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

  • adj. tending or intended to correct or counteract or restore to a normal condition
  • n. a device for treating injury or disease
  • adj. designed to promote discipline


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The 74-year-old Boswell spent time in the hospital this summer for what he described as a corrective procedure related to a major surgery three years ago. - NEWS

  • Usually, no such corrective is available in politics.

    Notes on Critical Review's Converse issue, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Thus, the court granted an injunction and damages for millions of dollars in corrective advertising.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • President Obama has been only concerned with speed rather than long term corrective actions.

    The Burning Platform

  • So the proposed corrective is overwhelmingly likely not to work.


  • When the writer of Hebrews pointed out that no discipline seems pleasant at the time, he was referring to corrective discipline, and he was essentially saying that if correction is not painful to the person corrected, it will have no effect.

    Parenting by the Book

  • "Yet the U.S. dollar, which clearly has no friends at all, didn't get even a short-term corrective bounce," said RBC Capital Markets senior economist Su-Lin Ong. "This is significant given the market has pared back expectations of Fed cuts and the market was pretty short U.S. dollars."

    Dollar Dives Down Under

  • The current overbought/oversold situation for the major indices suggests that while there is some upside potential in this market, it comes with the risk of short-term corrective phases.

    Overbought Bull Could Slip From Highs

  • This brief citation of four major mistakes - I do not pretend that they are all - but this brief citation of four will help, I hope, to point the way to certain corrective measures.

    Our National Task

  • Such attacks are known as "corrective rapes" in South Africa. rss feed


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.