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Having the power to cure; healing or restorative: a sanative environment of mountains and fresh air.

[Middle English sanatif, from Old French, from Late Latin sānātīvus, from Latin sānātus, past participle of sānāre, to heal; see sanatorium.]


(Medicine) a less common word for curative
[C15: from Medieval Latin sānātīvus, from Latin sānāre to heal, from sānus healthy]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sanative - tending to cure or restore to healthsanative - tending to cure or restore to health; "curative powers of herbal remedies"; "her gentle healing hand"; "remedial surgery"; "a sanative environment of mountains and fresh air"; "a therapeutic agent"; "therapeutic diets"
healthful - conducive to good health of body or mind; "a healthful climate"; "a healthful environment"; "healthful nutrition"; "healthful sleep"; "Dickens's relatively healthful exuberance"
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The right kind of consumption in the right time and place can be both sociable and socially sanctioned--what Andrew Weil identifies as sanatively 'ritualistic'; addictive forms of consumption, however--too much at the wrong time in the wrong setting--violate those communally-based boundaries.