1. Serving or tending to cure.
2. Of or relating to the cure of disease.
Something that cures; a remedy.
[Middle English, from Old French curatif, from Medieval Latin cūrātīvus, from Latin cūrātus, past participle of cūrāre, to cure, from cūra, care; see CURE.]
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