noun Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours, from nos we — more at us Date: 1602 1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness 2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme ; panacea <
an audience eager to believe he had found the nostrum for all of society's ills — Warren Sloat

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • nostrum — nos|trum [ˈnɔstrəm US ˈna: ] n formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: nostrum something of ours ] an idea that someone thinks will solve a problem easily, but will probably not help at all ▪ an economic nostrum …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nostrum — UK [ˈnɒstrəm] / US [ˈnɑstrəm] noun [countable] Word forms nostrum : singular nostrum plural nostrums formal an idea for solving a problem, especially an idea that is unlikely to be effective …   English dictionary

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