[ kyoo r-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈkyʊər ə tɪv /


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


a curative agent; remedy.


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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

OTHER WORDS FROM curative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for non-curative

/ (ˈkjʊərətɪv) /


able or tending to cure


anything able to heal or cure

Derived forms of curative

curatively, adverbcurativeness, noun
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Medical definitions for non-curative

[ kyurə-tĭv ]


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


Something that cures; a remedy.
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