Definition of corrective in English:



  • Designed to correct or counteract something harmful or undesirable.

    ‘management were informed so that corrective action could be taken’
    • ‘They still need to take corrective action regarding the inaccurate navigation charts.’
    • ‘Everyone knows baby boomers will strain future budgets, yet there's no clamor for corrective policies.’
    • ‘It is only when it is present in large numbers that there is a need to take corrective action.’
    • ‘Poorly designed policies can delay corrective steps and create monopoly.’
    • ‘For more serious violations covered by the penal code, housemates could be sent to corrective labour colonies or camps.’
    • ‘If a plan of corrective action is needed, the instructions and time frame are explained.’
    • ‘He said that had ‘exacerbated the losses by delaying and distracting the board from swift and corrective action’.’
    • ‘Then representatives visit the site and make recommendations on corrective measures to put things right.’
    • ‘It can then pass on operator instructions and corrective actions to the ‘guilty’ machine.’
    • ‘This form of production is unique to Ireland and these farmers are facing a very uncertain future unless corrective action is taken.’
    • ‘Protective goggles are necessary in an industrial environment, and may be corrective or non-corrective.’
    • ‘About 100,000 people who are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses undergo corrective laser eye surgery in the UK every year.’
    • ‘Project Managers make extra efforts in codifying the mistakes made and corrective steps taken before any project is closed out.’
    • ‘In other words, military service would equal corrective discipline.’
    • ‘Why wasn't I hurrying to a phone to call and get corrective instructions to the appropriate building?’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be more irresponsible of them to not take corrective action?’
    • ‘Thirdly, our work hints at corrective techniques that might be used to counteract prognostic error.’
    • ‘By spending time on preventive maintenance now, you can save time on corrective maintenance in the future.’
    • ‘We have implemented corrective action for all those possible causes.’
    • ‘In England he applied his theories to dance education and also to designing corrective exercises for factory workers.’
    remedial, therapeutic, restorative, curative, reparatory, reparative, rehabilitative, ameliorative
    correctional, punitive, penal, disciplinary, disciplinarian, castigatory, reformatory
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  • A thing intended to correct or counteract something else.

    ‘the move might be a corrective to some inefficient practices within hospitals’
    • ‘The victim is offered restitution tentatively, with little confidence that it will be accepted - and finally with little confidence that correctives are possible.’
    • ‘The necessary correctives, after all, would have to be brutal.’
    • ‘It is too early to tell if reforms such as post-tenure reviews will serve as useful correctives.’
    • ‘While his specific correctives continue to be ignored or treated as quaint or whimsical, the book has appeal for the modern reader.’
    • ‘My goal, therefore, is to read these two theorists as potential correctives to one another.’
    • ‘He no longer sees computers as aids but as correctives, ways of ‘fixing’ past movies.’
    • ‘These correctives guard against excessive romanticisation of the ancient Olympics, thereby setting an impossible ethical hurdle against which the modern Games will always fail.’
    • ‘Other twentieth-century writers and folklorists provided correctives to these distorted images, however.’
    • ‘What do you think would be the fundamental consequences of such a crisis, and what, in your opinion, are the correctives that should be adopted?’
    • ‘What I think is that we are dealing with a sick patient, one apt to slide back into the same old destructive habits without some firm and concrete correctives in place.’
    • ‘All of the correctives that I have presented here have been discussed before, and all of them are in the pieces cited by the critics of evolutionary psychology.’
    • ‘All these are unheralded natural correctives taken on by our society, which doesn't allow itself to be easily suborned from above.’
    • ‘While this survey cannot empirically offer definitive conclusions for the cultural operation of the talk show genre at large, a number of significant patterns may provide correctives for the bulk of literature on this genre.’
    • ‘Finally, it would appear to me that in the process of introducing correctives to the earlier literature on Japanese managerial practices the authors may have slightly erred.’
    • ‘This significant issue - the unauthorized disclosure of classified intelligence - has been extraordinarily resistant to correctives.’
    • ‘Cobalt, chromium, manganese, molybdenum and nickel are sometimes added as correctives for iron; their addition also improves strength at high temperature.’
    • ‘Even if the government finds out ways to prevent litigants taking upper hand in the days to come, it will be too late to take correctives in the short run.’
    • ‘His emphasis on material austerity directly challenges our modern addiction to comfort, one of the Celtic tradition's most important correctives to our present mindset.’
    • ‘In doing so, he offers important correctives to the seminal work on the subject undertaken by Dieter Langewiesche, and a bold new statement of the role played by migration in 19th century society.’
    • ‘Rather, it is an attempt to posit some correctives to the discourse.’
    remedy, curative, medicine, medication, medicament, restorative, corrective, antidote, antiserum
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Mid 16th century: from French correctif, -ive or late Latin correctivus, from Latin correct- ‘brought into order’ from the verb corrigere (see correct).