re·​cu·​per·​a·​tive | \ ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrā-tiv How to pronounce recuperative (audio) , -ˈkyü-, -p(ə-)rə-tiv \

Definition of recuperative

1 : of or relating to recuperation recuperative powers
2 : aiding in recuperation : restorative

Examples of recuperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Reno Motel had been renovated to provide short-term recuperative care for homeless people. Los Angeles Times, "When L.A. moved them off the streets, some knew it was their last chance. Others didn’t see it that way," 15 Aug. 2019 The Eagles believe in Peters’ recuperative powers enough to ignore his hefty $10.7 million salary-cap number. Paul Domowitch,, "Eagles tackle Lane Johnson has found peace and respect on the right side," 30 May 2018 County officials also made available more than 200 recuperative beds for those with serious medical issues, Price said. Anh Do,, "Orange County's riverside homeless begin trading tents for motel vouchers, other aid as camp is cleared," 21 Feb. 2018 Bethlehem Steel ceased to exist in 2003, but 36 years is a long time in the life of a nation whose recuperative powers are as notable as its hypochondria. George Will, National Review, "Charlie Dent’s Departure Makes Allentown Vulnerable to Democrats," 6 Jan. 2018 Under his leadership the organization started a recuperative care center, and rebuilt Nueva Vida Haven, an emergency shelter for women and children. Joshua Stewart,, "Rescue Mission picks new CEO," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of recuperative

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recuperative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of recuperative

formal : helping you to return to normal health or strength : helping you to recuperate


re·​cu·​per·​a·​tive | \ -ˈk(y)ü-pə-ˌrāt-iv How to pronounce recuperative (audio) \

Medical Definition of recuperative

1 : of or relating to recuperation recuperative powers
2 : aiding in recuperation : restorative strongly recuperative remedies

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