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[kuh-rek-tiv] /kəˈrɛk tɪv/
tending to correct or rectify; remedial:
corrective exercises.
a means of correcting; corrective agent.
Origin of corrective
1525-35; (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin corrēctīvus. See correct, -ive
Related forms
correctively, adverb
noncorrective, adjective, noun
noncorrectively, adverb
uncorrective, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for corrective
  • State guidelines require corrective action on contamination above a thousand parts per trillion.
  • Her idea was to raise money to pay for corrective surgery and medical care.
  • If you don't take the right corrective measures, you couldn't produce anything.
  • As a result, farmers and stakeholders are taking corrective measures.
  • Yet, policymakers have never taken any corrective management actions.
  • Use a corrective tone and block the dog or use the leash and don't allow this behavior.
  • Bandelier interprets it chiefly as social corrective through the whips of laughter.
  • Even after the purists of the eighteenth century began their corrective work this confusion continued.
  • Nor did the pulpit, now fast falling from its old high estate, lift a corrective voice.
  • The gang is a distemper of the slum that writes upon the generation it plagues the receipt for its own corrective.
British Dictionary definitions for corrective


tending or intended to correct
something that tends or is intended to correct
Derived Forms
correctively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for corrective

16c., adjective and noun, from French correctif, from Latin correct-, past participle stem of corrigere (see correct (v.).

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corrective in Medicine

corrective cor·rec·tive (kə-rěk'tĭv)
Counteracting or modifying what is malfunctioning, undesirable, or injurious. n.
An agent that corrects.

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