One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Conducive to physical or spiritual health and well-being; healing.
healing, curative, curing, remedial, medicinal, restorative, health-giving, tonic, reparative, corrective, ameliorative, beneficial, good, salubrious, salutaryView synonyms
- ‘It gave me animation; the pen was seldom out of my hand, and the exercise was sanative.’
- ‘There was a long silence in which we heard naught but the sanative hums of the friars and abbes.’
Late Middle English: from Old French sanatif or late Latin sanativus, from Latin sanare ‘to cure’.
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