Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

therapeutic - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective therapeutic pronunciation in American English /ˌθerəˈpjutɪk/

Related words

  1. 1
    helping to treat or cure illness
    Scientists want to investigate the therapeutic effects of acupuncture.
    a therapeutic treatment/drug
  2. 2
    an activity that is therapeutic makes you feel better or calmer
    I find cleaning the house can be very therapeutic.

derived word


 therapeutic pronunciation in American English /ˌθerəˈpjutɪkli/ adverb


an area in the countryside where there are both housing developments and farms, and many people travel to work in nearby cities

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog