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  1. having the power to heal; curative.
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Origin of sanative

1400–50; < Medieval Latin sānātīvus (see sanatory, -ive); replacing late Middle English sanatif < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above
Related formsnon·san·a·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Simply because I know a person who possesses the sanative power I speak of.

    The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector

    William Carleton

  • Johnson had faith in the sanative quality of dried orange-peel.

    The Collector

    Henry T. Tuckerman

  • Sleep, in short, if not a "matchless" sanative, is at least a universal one.

  • Even the aborigines, it was stated, had recourse to that spot for sanative purposes.

    Toronto of Old

    Henry Scadding

  • The more we argued the impossibility of supplying him, the more was he urgent and imperative for the sanative mineral.

    Captain Canot

    Brantz Mayer

British Dictionary definitions for sanative


  1. a less common word for curative
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Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin sānātīvus, from Latin sānāre to heal, from sānus healthy
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sanative in Medicine


  1. Having the power to cure; healing or restorative.
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