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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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  • One must not be too good or Apostle-like or curative—even in the Church, which discourages trop de zle.

    The Mystic Will Charles Godfrey Leland
  • The psychological work of the physician does not begin with his curative efforts.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • Many hot springs are great resorts for invalids because of their curative properties.

  • The envoy's description of Francis's curative power is interesting.

  • I have no doubt that many of the herbs collected and used by the old women were really effective and curative agents.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
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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