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Definition of nostrum noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) (disapproving) an idea that is intended to solve a problem but that will probably not succeed He criticized such right-wing nostrums as wage freezes or cuts in public spending.
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a medicine that is not made in a scientific way, and that is not effective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: nostrum