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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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  • No corrective offers for the many that may be practiced under this system.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • If it's neuralgia, get a corrective diet list from the doctor.

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
  • It was easy to escape from the Palace of corrective Detention.

    Anthem Ayn Rand
  • But democracy will not allow that it needs a corrective, and the old man, to it, is only an enemy.

  • The only corrective is knowledge, and knowledge is a plant of slow growth.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
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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