reparative

adjective
re·​par·​a·​tive | \ri-ˈper-ə-tiv, ri-ˈpa-rə-tiv\

Definition of reparative 

1 : of, relating to, or effecting repair

2 : serving to make amends

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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 But 50 years ago, the Supreme Court was not afraid to lead the fight for reparative racial justice, nor afraid to say that the Constitution itself required school integration. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018 Ahead, the best reparative treatments that won't cost more than a partial set of highlights... refinery29.com, "The Cheapest Way To Heal Damaged Hair — Without Leaving Your House," 17 May 2018 Include daily standby products, then layer in summer essentials like a high-quality sunscreen (Supergoop! is an insider favorite) and a reparative after-sun cream. Crystal Meers, WSJ, "How to Pack for Summer’s Most (and Least) Stressful Getaways," 10 May 2018 There, Brinton spoke about the degrading experience of undergoing reparative therapy as a teenager. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "In the ladies room at the Oscars, a transgender moment signals a cultural shift," 6 Mar. 2018 Visit Color of Pain website to learn more about reparative justice, the calamitous effects of the drug war in black and Latinx communities, and policy solutions that will move us forward. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Pain and Policy: Why Reparative Justice Is Needed to End the War on Drugs," 28 Feb. 2018 The ultra reparative Monte D’Oro remains a favorite with Milèo’s godmother. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Meet Milèo, The New Skincare Line for Face Oil Fanatics," 6 Feb. 2018 Perhaps there should be apologies and reparative action from the publishers that printed, promoted, circulated, and profited from materials that served to legitimate Jim Crow and racist domestic terrorism. Alfred Brophy, Fortune, "Commentary: Why Haven’t Publishers Apologized for Their Books That Glorify Slavery?," 2 Feb. 2018

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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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