What does corrective mean?

Definitions for corrective
kəˈrɛk tɪvcor·rec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corrective, restorativeadjective

    a device for treating injury or disease

  2. corrective, disciplinary, disciplinaladjective

    designed to promote discipline

    "the teacher's action was corrective rather than instructional"; "disciplinal measures"; "the mother was stern and disciplinary"

  3. correctiveadjective

    tending or intended to correct or counteract or restore to a normal condition

    "corrective measures"; "corrective lenses"


  1. correctivenoun

    Something that corrects or counteracts something, especially an injury or disability

  2. correctiveadjective

    Of or pertaining to correction; serving to correct

    As the currents were changing rapidly the captain had to make many corrective course changes.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Correctiveadjective

    Having the power to alter or obviate any bad qualities.

    Etymology: from correct.

    Mulberries are pectoral, corrective of the bilious alcali. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

  2. Correctivenoun

    The hair, wool, feathers, and scales, which all animals of prey do swallow, are a seasonable and necessary corrective, to prevent their greediness from filling themselves with too succulent a food. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Humanly speaking, and according to the method of the world, and the little correctives supplied by art and discipline, it seldom fails but an ill principle has its course, and nature makes good its blow. Robert South, Sermons.

    There seems to be such an instance in the regiment, which the human soul exerciseth in relation to the body, that with certain correctives and exceptions, may give some kind of explication or adumbration thereof. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.


  1. corrective

    Corrective refers to something that is aimed at correcting, improving, or rectifying a fault, mistake, problem, defect, or undesirable situation. It is designed to fix or resolve issues in various fields, such as behavior, performance, health, or even mechanical systems. For example, corrective measures, corrective actions, corrective lenses, and corrective surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Correctiveadjective

    having the power to correct; tending to rectify; as, corrective penalties

  2. Correctiveadjective

    qualifying; limiting

  3. Correctivenoun

    that which has the power of correcting, altering, or counteracting what is wrong or injurious; as, alkalies are correctives of acids; penalties are correctives of immoral conduct

  4. Correctivenoun

    limitation; restriction

  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. correctif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corrective in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corrective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of corrective in a Sentence

  1. Ford India:

    A corrective action on all Figo and Figo Aspire vehicles, presently at Ford dealerships, has been undertaken, leading to a resumption of deliveries to customers.

  2. Rob Bonta:

    I immediately launched an investigation into how this occurred at the California Department of Justice and will take strong corrective measures where necessary. The California Department of Justice is entrusted to protect Californians and their data. We acknowledge the stress this may cause those individuals whose information was exposed. I am deeply disturbed and angered.

  3. Xiao Shijun:

    The weak HSBC flash (reading) may exert some corrective pressure on economy-related stocks such as banks, steel and construction materials, but overall the potential for a sharp fall in the main indices are not likely, this is mainly because China is still in a monetary easing cycle and regulators have repeatedly pledged to support the stock market. As a result, sentiment remains robust, preventing a deep correction despite the market's recent rally.

  4. Chris Cooper:

    The question then becomes: for those young men who were teased, would corrective surgery have made a difference?

  5. Ian Kerner:

    In a time when men are bombarded with ads for bogus penis enhancers and images of porn star penises, it's refreshing to see a scientific study assert penile dimensions that are refreshingly normal, in the world of porn, even penises that meet the baseline for normal are often tagged as small, so hopefully men who worry about their size will get this corrective message.

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