Nostrum

Nos"trum

(-trm), n.;
pl. Nostrums (-trmz).
[Neut. sing. of L. noster ours, fr. nos we. See Us.]
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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.
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2. Any scheme or device proposed by a quack.
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The incentives of agitators, the arts of impostors and the nostrums of quacks.
Brougham.
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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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