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

  • adjective Having the power to cure; healing or restorative.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the power to cure or heal; healing; tending to heal; sanatory.

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

  • adjective Having the power to cure or heal; healing; tending to heal; sanatory.

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

  • adjective That cures or restores; curative or restorative

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

  • adjective tending to cure or restore to health


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

[Middle English sanatif, from Old French, from Late Latin sānātīvus, from Latin sānātus, past participle of sānāre, to heal; see sanatorium.]


  • Figures of those who taught the good and sanative Use of Plants; the last taught their poisonous, baneful, and diabolick Qualities.


  • “Meaning that the body of society has a sanative responsibility to destroy Jews?”

    Kalooki Nights

  • This forthright radicalism—this embrace of the sanative powers of violence—became quickly accepted as the ineluctable meaning of conservatism in foreign policy.


  • I must confess, indeed, that they yield serviceable timber, and good shelter against the northern blasts; that they grow and thrive in the most barren soil, and continually perspire a fine balsam of turpentine, which must render the air very salutary and sanative to lungs of a tender texture.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • Not that I might not have learned this sooner and more safely, in ways 1 shall now never know, without apostasy, but that Divine punishments are also mercies, and particular good is worked ant of particular evil, and the penal blindness made sanative.

    Surprised by Joy

  • When the prejudices of medical men against the artificial induction of trance have subsided, and its sanative agency has been fairly tried, and diligently studied, there is no doubt it will take a high rank among the resources of medicine.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • "Jasper, hematite and hieratite stones were strongly recommended for unusual sanative virtues, but the sapphire excelled as a remedy for scorpion bites."

    Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing

  • The ancients probably esteemed gymnastics too much, as the moderns do too little, for medical or sanative purposes.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 19, May, 1859

  • Naught could pass through his imagination or memory, but, by some diabolical alchemy, was stripped of its sanative and healthful properties, and converted into harm.

    The Lost Hunter A Tale of Early Times

  • In these times of our country's peril, there is some sanative virtue outside of treatises upon strategy or Union pamphlets.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863


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