Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
  • adjective tending to cure or restore to health

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French curatif, from Medieval Latin cūrātīvus, from Latin cūrātus, past participle of cūrāre, to cure, from cūra, care; see cure.]

Examples

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

    Sistema Shyam Plans Plea Against License Cancellation

  • 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, 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, 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

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  • Ah, a ghost healer.

    July 28, 2008