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

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  • IPA(key): /θɛɹəˈpjuːtɪk/, 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.
    • 2009, Isha McKenzie-Mavinga, Black Issues in the Therapeutic Process:
      His music is very therapeutic when you listen to it.
    • 1725, Isaac Watts, Logick: Or, The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry after Truth, [], 2nd edition, London: [] John Clark and Richard Hett, [], Emanuel Matthews, [], and Richard Ford, [], published 1726, →OCLC:
      Medicine is justly distributed into prophylactic, or the art of preserving health, and therapeutic, or the art of restoring it.

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therapeutic (plural therapeutics)

  1. (medicine) A therapeutic agent

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therapeutic (not comparable)

  1. therapeutic (pertaining to therapy)

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