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  1. tending to correct or rectify; remedial: corrective exercises.
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  1. a means of correcting; corrective agent.
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Origin of corrective

1525–35; (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin corrēctīvus. See correct, -ive
Related formscor·rec·tive·ly, adverbnon·cor·rec·tive, adjective, nounnon·cor·rec·tive·ly, adverbun·cor·rec·tive, adjective
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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.


    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


  1. tending or intended to correct
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  1. something that tends or is intended to correct
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Derived Formscorrectively, 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


  1. Counteracting or modifying what is malfunctioning, undesirable, or injurious.
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  1. An agent that corrects.
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