1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Corrective measures or techniques are intended to put right something that is wrong.

Scientific institutions have been reluctant to take corrective action...

He has received extensive corrective surgery to his skull.

2) N-COUNT: oft N to n If something is a corrective to a particular view or account, it gives a more accurate or fairer picture than there would have been without it. [FORMAL]

...a useful corrective to the mistaken view that all psychologists are behaviourists.

English dictionary. 2008.


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