Definition of corrective in English:



  • Designed to correct or counteract something harmful or undesirable.

    ‘management was informed so that corrective action could be taken’
    • ‘Then representatives visit the site and make recommendations on corrective measures to put things right.’
    • ‘Thirdly, our work hints at corrective techniques that might be used to counteract prognostic error.’
    • ‘For more serious violations covered by the penal code, housemates could be sent to corrective labour colonies or camps.’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be more irresponsible of them to not take corrective action?’
    • ‘About 100,000 people who are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses undergo corrective laser eye surgery in the UK every year.’
    • ‘It can then pass on operator instructions and corrective actions to the ‘guilty’ machine.’
    • ‘They still need to take corrective action regarding the inaccurate navigation charts.’
    • ‘Protective goggles are necessary in an industrial environment, and may be corrective or non-corrective.’
    • ‘Why wasn't I hurrying to a phone to call and get corrective instructions to the appropriate building?’
    • ‘We have implemented corrective action for all those possible causes.’
    • ‘Poorly designed policies can delay corrective steps and create monopoly.’
    • ‘He said that had ‘exacerbated the losses by delaying and distracting the board from swift and corrective action’.’
    • ‘This form of production is unique to Ireland and these farmers are facing a very uncertain future unless corrective action is taken.’
    • ‘It is only when it is present in large numbers that there is a need to take corrective action.’
    • ‘In England he applied his theories to dance education and also to designing corrective exercises for factory workers.’
    • ‘In other words, military service would equal corrective discipline.’
    • ‘Project Managers make extra efforts in codifying the mistakes made and corrective steps taken before any project is closed out.’
    • ‘By spending time on preventive maintenance now, you can save time on corrective maintenance in the future.’
    • ‘Everyone knows baby boomers will strain future budgets, yet there's no clamor for corrective policies.’
    • ‘If a plan of corrective action is needed, the instructions and time frame are explained.’
    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’
    • ‘It is too early to tell if reforms such as post-tenure reviews will serve as useful correctives.’
    • ‘Other twentieth-century writers and folklorists provided correctives to these distorted images, however.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘This significant issue - the unauthorized disclosure of classified intelligence - has been extraordinarily resistant to correctives.’
    • ‘The necessary correctives, after all, would have to be brutal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My goal, therefore, is to read these two theorists as potential correctives to one another.’
    • ‘The victim is offered restitution tentatively, with little confidence that it will be accepted - and finally with little confidence that correctives are possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While his specific correctives continue to be ignored or treated as quaint or whimsical, the book has appeal for the modern reader.’
    • ‘Cobalt, chromium, manganese, molybdenum and nickel are sometimes added as correctives for iron; their addition also improves strength at high temperature.’
    • ‘He no longer sees computers as aids but as correctives, ways of ‘fixing’ past movies.’
    • ‘All these are unheralded natural correctives taken on by our society, which doesn't allow itself to be easily suborned from above.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These correctives guard against excessive romanticisation of the ancient Olympics, thereby setting an impossible ethical hurdle against which the modern Games will always fail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rather, it is an attempt to posit some correctives to the discourse.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 16th century: from French correctif, -ive or late Latin correctivus, from Latin correct- brought into order from the verb corrigere (see correct).