Nostrum meaning

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The definition of a nostrum is a scheme or medicine for solving a problem, or a medication sold and made by the same person.

An example of a nostrum is a fake diet pill.

An example of a nostrum is an herbal medicine from an herbalist.

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A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.
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A favorite but usually ineffective remedy for problems or evils.
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A pet scheme for solving some social or political problem; panacea.
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A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.
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A favorite but usually ineffective remedy for problems or evils.
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A medicine or remedy in conventional use which has not been proven to have any desirable medical effects.
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An ineffective but favorite remedy for a problem, usually involving political action.
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Origin of nostrum

  • From Latin nostrum (remedium) our (remedy) neuter of noster nes-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin nostrum (“ours"), nominative neuter of noster (“our, ours").

    From Wiktionary