V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a fix or remedy for a medical, political, or social problem that is either untested, unproven, or ineffective

Synonyms: panacea, cure, cure-all, elixir, treatment, quack remedy


Tips: Nostrum comes from the Latin nostrum remedium, "our remedy." It refers to the idea that a nostrum is a popular, not proven, solution to a problem or illness.

Usage Examples:

Don't follow that salesman's nostrum; it will never work. (quack remedy)

Many would-be politicians come up with a nostrum or two on how they might solve the nation's problems. (panacea, cure-all)

Those who are against it, call universal health care a nostrum that won't really solve our problems with respect to healthcare. (cure-all)

Until scientists discover a definitive cure for cancer, many patients will be willing to try any nostrum that is suggested to them. (unproven remedy, treatment)

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