therapeutic

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From New Latin therapeuticus (curing, healing), from Ancient Greek θεραπευτικός (therapeutikos, attentive, helpful, obliging, curative), from θεραπευτής (therapeutēs, one who waits on another, an attendant), from θεραπεύω (therapeuō, I wait on, attend, serve, cure).

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  • enPR: thĕr'ə-pyo͞oʹtĭk

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therapeutic (comparative more therapeutic, superlative most therapeutic)

  1. Of, or relating to therapy.
  2. Having a positive effect on the body or mind.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Therapeutic or curative physic.
    • Isaac Watts
      Medicine is justly distributed into prophylactic, or the art of preserving health, and therapeutic, or the art of restoring it.

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