re·​par·​a·​tive | \ ri-ˈper-ə-tiv How to pronounce reparative (audio) , ri-ˈpa-rə-tiv \

Definition of reparative

1 : of, relating to, or effecting repair
2 : serving to make amends

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Recent Examples on the Web With all the hand washing, apply lots of rich hand lotion and reparative ointments. Aimee Simeon,, "Martha Stewart Dropped Her Quarantine Beauty Routine & It’s Exactly What I Needed," 3 Apr. 2020 While the healing and strengthening Super Facial Serum is a fan favorite, the new Micellar Water, which is filled with ingredients like turmeric and reparative niacinamide, will surely soon line the shelves of the fashion set the world around. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "6 Under-the-Radar Swedish Beauty Labels to Know Now," 29 Aug. 2018 In the same reparative spirit, the Baltimore Museum of Art has made a more dramatic move. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "America’s Big Museums on the Hot Seat," 18 Mar. 2020 Don’t wait for that to start taking steps that are reparative. The New Yorker, "Pete Buttigieg Talks Impeachment, Health Care, and the Political Spectrum," 17 Oct. 2019 Buy Now: Tangle Teezer Hairbrush, $7.60 (originally $12) Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 Treatment Created by two chemistry PhDs, this reparative hair treatment relinks hair bonds broken by chemical, thermal, and mechanical processes. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Amazon Prime Day Beauty Deals for Frequent Travelers," 16 July 2019 Yet this mythologizing, intended to be reparative, has done her no favors. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Brenda Maddox, Biographer Who Revealed Joyce’s Muse, Dies at 87," 27 June 2019 Omorovicza’s skin-softening blend of apricot kernel, calendula, and carrot oils, infused with reparative golden flecks, packs a one-two punch that delivers a gleaming head-to-toe glow. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "8 Gold Beauty Products for Your Brightest New Year’s Eve Yet," 31 Dec. 2018 Broadly framed, Green envisioned school desegregation as a reparative process—probably the closest thing to reparations that our court system has ever endorsed. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of reparative

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reparative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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re·​par·​a·​tive | \ ri-ˈpar-ət-iv How to pronounce reparative (audio) \

Medical Definition of reparative

: of, relating to, or effecting repair reparative dentistry

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