corrective

[ kuh-rek-tiv ]
/ kəˈrɛk tɪv /

adjective

tending to correct or rectify; remedial: corrective exercises.

noun

a means of correcting; corrective agent.

Nearby words

  1. correctional,
  2. correctional facility,
  3. correctional officer,
  4. corrections officer,
  5. correctitude,
  6. correctively,
  7. correctly,
  8. correggio,
  9. corregidor,
  10. correl.

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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British Dictionary definitions for corrective

corrective

/ (kəˈrɛktɪv) /

adjective

tending or intended to correct

noun

something that tends or is intended to correct
Derived Formscorrectively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for corrective

corrective

16c., adjective and noun, from French correctif, from Latin correct-, past participle stem of corrigere (see correct (v.).

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Medicine definitions for corrective

corrective

[ kə-rĕktĭv ]

adj.

Counteracting or modifying what is malfunctioning, undesirable, or injurious.

n.

An agent that corrects.

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