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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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  • He forced himself to face them regularly as a penance and a corrective.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • What it needs, as its master and corrective, is dignified firmness.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • Their militant social democracy was at once comical and corrective.

  • If it's neuralgia, get a corrective diet list from the doctor.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter
  • But democracy will not allow that it needs a corrective, and the old man, to it, is only an enemy.

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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