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 formscor·rec·tive·ly, adverbnon·cor·rec·tive, adjective, nounnon·cor·rec·tive·ly, adverbun·cor·rec·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of corrective

  • 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



tending or intended to correct


something that tends or is intended to correct
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corrective in Medicine




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


An agent that corrects.
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