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[kyoo r-uh-tiv] /ˈkyʊər ə tɪv/
serving to cure or heal; pertaining to curing or remedial treatment; remedial.
a curative agent; remedy.
Origin of curative
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French curatif < Medieval Latin cūrātīvus, equivalent to Late Latin cūrāt(us) (past participle of curāre to care for, attend to; see cure); see -ive
Related forms
curatively, adverb
noncurative, adjective
noncuratively, adverb
noncurativeness, noun
subcurative, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for curative
  • The immigrants apparently needed to keep chicken special, so a secular mythology arose about chicken soup being curative.
  • However, the opinion of the medical profession as to the curative virtues of mistletoe has undergone a radical alteration.
  • The meat is seldom touched except as a medicine, which is curative for cutaneous diseases.
  • The physician's function is fast becoming social and preventative, rather than individual and curative.
  • To suggest now that the agency is somehow withholding potentially curative treatment from the population is ridiculous.
  • Many people believed the remains had special curative or destructive powers.
  • Of course, those providing the curative agent would have the right to a fair return on investment.
  • But sometimes a curative outcome is not going to be possible.
  • In her teens, she studied herbal cures with traditional healers and learned the power of curative plants.
  • They exert their curative effects by gumming up the works of key proteins in the body.
British Dictionary definitions for curative


able or tending to cure
anything able to heal or cure
Derived Forms
curatively, adverb
curativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for curative

early 15c., from Old French curatif (15c.) "curative, healing," from Latin curat-, past participle stem of curare "to cure" (see cure (v.)). As a noun, attested from 1857.

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curative in Medicine

curative cu·ra·tive (kyur'ə-tĭv)

  1. Serving or tending to cure.

  2. Of or relating to the cure of disease.

Something that cures; a remedy.
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