curative

[ kyoo r-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈkyʊər ə tɪv /

adjective

serving to cure or heal; pertaining to curing or remedial treatment; remedial.

noun

a curative agent; remedy.

Nearby words

  1. curassow,
  2. curate,
  3. curate's egg,
  4. curatic,
  5. curation,
  6. curative dose,
  7. curatively,
  8. curator,
  9. curatorial,
  10. curaçao

Origin of curative

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French curatif < Medieval Latin cūrātīvus, equivalent to Late Latin cūrāt(us) (past participle of curāre to care for, attend to; see cure); see -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for curative

curative

/ (ˈkjʊərətɪv) /

adjective

able or tending to cure

noun

anything able to heal or cure
Derived Formscuratively, adverbcurativeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for curative

curative

adj.

early 15c., from Old French curatif (15c.) "curative, healing," from Latin curat-, past participle stem of curare "to cure" (see cure (v.)). As a noun, attested from 1857.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for curative

curative

[ kyurə-tĭv ]

adj.

Serving or tending to cure.
Of or relating to the cure of disease.

n.

Something that cures; a remedy.

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