reparative

adjective re·par·a·tive \ ri-ˈper-ə-tiv , ri-ˈpa-rə-tiv \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

Definition of reparative

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

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First Known Use of reparative

1582

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reparative

adjective re·par·a·tive \ ri-ˈpar-ət-iv \

medical Definition of reparative

: of, relating to, or effecting repair
  • reparative dentistry

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