Definition of curative in US English:



  • Able to cure disease.

    ‘the curative properties of herbs’
    • ‘Then a comprehensive health policy which caters for improved living conditions and changed social attitudes as well as curative treatment of disease will need to devised.’
    • ‘Subsequently, clients may also attend the health centers for curative care and health education at any time.’
    • ‘Most patients present with advanced disease, and curative surgery requires considerable resources in the operating theatre and in critical care.’
    • ‘Less than 20% of individuals suffering this disease are diagnosed in stages in which curative surgery is an option.’
    • ‘They not only provide preventive and basic curative health care but also perform family planning procedures and other surgical operations.’
    • ‘In the United Kingdom primary care does not currently have a formal role in monitoring for disease recurrence after curative treatments.’
    • ‘No amount of curative health measures can offset the harmful effects of poor environmental health planning for communities in emergency settlements.’
    • ‘Transplantation remains the sole curative therapy for the disease, although it too is not without the potential for severe complications.’
    • ‘Posters portraying symptoms, preventive and curative aspects for diseases, tips for first aid and healthy diet also form part of the auditorium.’
    • ‘Both toxic and curative potentials are properties of all drugs.’
    • ‘Today, it is widely accepted among doctors and homeopaths that some ingredients found in tea do have legitimate curative properties.’
    • ‘Photodynamic therapy has curative potential for patients with early lung cancer that is centrally located.’
    • ‘People consume tokek because most believe the reptile has curative properties for a variety of skin diseases.’
    • ‘UV light is known to have bactericidal activity and could have curative properties as far as secondary bacterial infections are concerned.’
    • ‘A recent report credits the age-old beverage with yet another curative property: joint protector.’
    • ‘Most governments ban distributors from making any claims about disease prevention or curative properties.’
    • ‘Coral became a popular choice for jewelry in ancient Rome, for it was thought to have curative properties and to be a defense against evil.’
    • ‘It deals with the totality of individual and social health including preventive and curative aspects.’
    • ‘Recurrence of the primary tumor is rarely amenable to curative therapy.’
    • ‘We included data on oesophageal and gastric operations for malignant and benign disease with palliative or curative intent.’
    healing, therapeutic, medicinal, remedial, curing, corrective
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  • A medicine or remedy.

    • ‘Many of the objects mentioned above have been credited with beneficial or medicinal properties, and prescribed in one form or another as curatives or aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘Several systems advocate the use of gold jewellery as a curative for many ailments.’
    • ‘A lot are here because they have learning difficulties but this is because parents see our education as a curative.’
    • ‘The depression which follows is the curative by which the excesses are removed from the marketplace.’
    • ‘Religion as a curative or a shield has not been a phenomenon exclusive to priests.’
    • ‘Since many of the men had been captured because they were too wounded or sick to escape, and since prison life offered no curatives for recovery, death was a daily occurrence in every Civil War prison.’
    • ‘He reported he felt better, making her wonder about the benefits of increased circulation as a curative.’
    • ‘During the mid 1800's, the tomato was considered a curative for almost every major illness.’
    • ‘No, it's not just a fragrant perfume associated with old ladies - it is, says Linda, a powerful curative.’
    • ‘It governs the healing principle so it has signification over herbs that are all-round curatives, such as selfheal (prunella).’
    • ‘In alternative medicine, urine is considered a curative for a variety of medical conditions.’
    • ‘It never suggests that adultery is a curative for a diseased relationship.’
    • ‘Sound was seen as a powerful curative in asylums here in Australia.’
    • ‘Red chilli has been proven to be a curative for cough, cold, rhinitis and bronchitis.’
    • ‘Ginseng was both native and plentiful in New England and was highly regarded by the Chinese for its use as a curative for a variety of ailments.’
    • ‘It is now the curative for all the world's ills from war, to poverty, to cultural primitiveness.’
    remedy, curative, medicine, medication, medicament, restorative, corrective, antidote, antiserum
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘relating to cures’): from French curatif, -ive, from medieval Latin curativus, from Latin curare (see cure).