Definition of corrective in US English:



  • Designed to correct or counteract something harmful or undesirable.

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