[kyoo r-uh-tiv]


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


a curative agent; remedy.

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
Related formscur·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·cur·a·tive, adjectivenon·cur·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·cur·a·tive·ness, nounsub·cur·a·tive, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of curative

Historical Examples of curative

  • And yet if I suffer it can only be with what I may call a curative suffering.

  • And if it did promote perspiration, one can well believe that it might be curative.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • The psychological work of the physician does not begin with his curative efforts.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • The curative effect on bodily disabilities is thus often an illusory one.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • The envoy's description of Francis's curative power is interesting.

British Dictionary definitions for curative



able or tending to cure


anything able to heal or cure
Derived Formscuratively, adverbcurativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for curative

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




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


Something that cures; a remedy.
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