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[san-uh-tiv] /ˈsæn ə tɪv/
having the power to heal; curative.
Origin of sanative
late Middle English
1400-50; < Medieval Latin sānātīvus (see sanatory, -ive); replacing late Middle English sanatif < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related forms
nonsanative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Simply because I know a person who possesses the sanative power I speak of.

  • Johnson had faith in the sanative quality of dried orange-peel.

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
  • Sleep, in short, if not a "matchless" sanative, is at least a universal one.

  • Even the aborigines, it was stated, had recourse to that spot for sanative purposes.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • The more we argued the impossibility of supplying him, the more was he urgent and imperative for the sanative mineral.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • Asses' milk, long celebrated for its sanative qualities, more closely resembles that of a woman than any other.

  • The place is sanative; the air, the light, the perfumes, and the shapes of things concord in happy harmony.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Then human duties, lowly though they may be, have their sanative and salutary influence on our whole frame of being.

  • I believe it is by a sanative virtue and a natural efficiency, which extend not to all diseases.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Aurora laughed and reinforced her expression of jolly matter-of-factness, looking into his eyes with eyes of sanative fun.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
British Dictionary definitions for sanative


a less common word for curative
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin sānātīvus, from Latin sānāre to heal, from sānus healthy
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sanative in Medicine

sanative san·a·tive (sān'ə-tĭv)
Having the power to cure; healing or restorative.

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