cor|rec|tive1 [kəˈrektıv] adj [usually before noun]
intended to make something right or better again
corrective surgery
corrective action/measures
corrective measures to deal with the country's serious economic decline
corrective 2
corrective2 n [C usually singular] formal
something that is intended to correct a fault or mistake
corrective to
The biography is a useful corrective to the myths that have grown up around this man.

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