Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Intended to cure (that ls, to obviate the ordinary legal effects or consequences of) defects, errors, omissions or Irregularities. Applied partichlarly to statutes, a "curative act" being a retrospective law passed in order to validate legal proceedings, the acts of public officers or private dceds or contracts, which would otherwise be void for defects or irregularities or for want of conformity to existing legal requirements. Meigs v. Roberts, 162 N. Y. 371, 56 N. E. 838, 76 Am. St Rep. 322.