What does nostrum mean?

Definitions for nostrum
ˈnɒs trəmnos·trum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. panacea, nostrum, catholicon, cure-allnoun

    hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists

  2. nostrumnoun

    patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable


  1. Nostrumnoun

    Any scheme asserted to solve a problem, but with no objective basis for belief in its effectiveness; esp., in politics, a scheme or proposal likely to prove popular with voters.


  1. nostrumnoun

    A medicine or remedy in conventional use which has not been proven to have any desirable medical effects.

  2. nostrumnoun

    An ineffective but favorite remedy for a problem, usually involving political action.

  3. Etymology: From nostrum, nominative neuter of noster.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NOSTRUMnoun

    A medicine not yet made publick, but remaining in some single hand.

    Etymology: Latin.

    Very extraordinary, and one of his nostrums, let it be writ upon his monument, Hic jacet auctor hujus argumenti; for no body ever used it before. Edward Stillingfleet.

    What drop or nostrum can this plague remove? Alexander Pope.


  1. nostrum

    A nostrum is a medicine or remedy, usually one that is not considered effective, prepared by an unqualified person. It can also refer to a favorite but usually ineffective remedy for problems or evils.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nostrumnoun

    a medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine

  2. Nostrumnoun

    any scheme or device proposed by a quack

  3. Etymology: [Neut. sing. of L. noster ours, fr. nos we. See Us.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nostrum

    nos′trum, n. any secret, quack, or patent medicine: any favourite remedy or scheme. [L., 'our own,' from nos, we.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nostrum in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nostrum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of nostrum in a Sentence

  1. Giusi Nicolini:

    To organised crime it's not important if people make it across the sea alive or dead, but now, without Mare Nostrum, it's as if no one, and not just the criminals, cares if they live or die.

  2. Aydan Ozoguz:

    It was an illusion to think that cutting off Mare Nostrum would prevent people from attempting this dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean.

  3. Refugees Antonio Guterres:

    There can be no doubt left after this week's events that Europe's Operation Triton is a woefully inadequate replacement for Italy's Mare Nostrum.

  4. Giusi Nicolini:

    Mare Nostrum was an emergency solution to a humanitarian crisis, so closing it was a huge and intolerable step backward.

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    equally skillful with each hand
    A ambidextrous
    B appellative
    C arbitrary
    D elusive

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