Examples from the Web for alterative
The former is an object of penal justice, the latter of condolence joined with alterative discipline.The Philosophy of Natural Theology|William Jackson
It is thus vaguely called an alterative, since the patient recovers under its use.
It is used as a tonic, alterative, and diuretic and was official in the United States Pharmacopoeia for 1890.
The alterative medicine, as it is called, had just been renewed, but the bottle containing the opiate was more than half full.A Sister of the Red Cross|Mrs. L. T. Meade
Its present use is that of an astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also that of an expectorant.