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

Examples of reparative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another type of reparations is reparative justice—a rehabilitative measure that allows Black communities to directly address the intergenerational impact of slavery, segregation, mass incarceration, and other racist systems., 29 Apr. 2021 This brand new hair item from the brand is a reparative hair mask that moisturizes and smoothes dry hair that leaves strands soft and shiny. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Apr. 2021 Only, as of today, a brand new reparative mask is joining the best-selling family. Lela London, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 These reparative housing measures were specific to harms that happened between 1919 and 1969 in Evanston, Illinois, and therefore specific harms require specific remedies. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2021 But Sara is a stray herself — someone who, for many formative years, was hungry and terrified and desperate — and for her, those acts of selflessness are reparative, a means of resetting old fractures and evening karmic scores. Abbott Kahler, Vulture, 24 Mar. 2021 Cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski previously confirmed to Allure that cica is packed with antioxidants and, therefore, can provide soothing, firming, and reparative effects. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 16 Mar. 2021 Yet the mere imposition of stringent laws cannot bring about genuine social order, in the absence of reparative efforts and thorough reforms. Brian Wong, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2021 The four ranges include a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, one formulated to be gentle on sensitive hair and scalps, a moisturizing duo, and a reparative set for damaged or color-treated hair. Sarah Midkiff,, 1 Feb. 2021

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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 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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