Definition of corrective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəˈrektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrektɪv//
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(formal) designed to make something right that was wrong before We need to take corrective action to halt this country's decline. corrective measures corrective surgery/glasses Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French correctif, -ive or late Latin correctivus, from Latin correct- ‘brought into order’ from the verb corrigere ‘make straight, bring into order’, from cor- ‘together’ + regere ‘guide’.
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