Nostrum

Definition of Nostrum

Nos´trum   Pronunciation: ~trŭm
n.1.
1.A medicine, the ingredients of which are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine.
2.Any scheme or device proposed by a quack.
The incentives of agitators, the arts of impostors and the nostrums of quacks.
- Brougham.
3.Any scheme asserted to solve a problem, but with no objective basis for belief in its effectiveness; esp., in politics, a scheme or proposal likely to prove popular with voters.

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curative, cure, cure-all, elixir, panacea, remedy
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