re·​par·​a·​tive ri-ˈper-ə-tiv How to pronounce reparative (audio)
: of, relating to, or effecting repair
: serving to make amends

Examples of reparative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frizzy hair is a common side effect of breakage, which is why a reparative mask like the Davines Nounou Mask is worth adding to your haircare routine. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Designed to target damage, split ends, and breakage, this reparative shampoo had our tester hooked for life by the end of the testing period. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 Doing sweet, reparative work for any part of humanity means doing sweet, reparative work for it all. Jesse Green, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2023 Deep sleep is essential and thought to underlie many of the body’s restorative and reparative functions. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 7 Nov. 2023 Newborns and elaborate masking routines don’t exactly mix, so the reparative hair treatments and decadent moisturizers in the November box have been just the ticket for getting back some radiance. Allure, 2 Nov. 2023 There would be a great healing power to an apology for slavery and some kind of reparative justice strategy from the King. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 Concentrated with moisturizing active ingredients plus antioxidant grape polyphenols and reparative organic fair trade shea butter. Natalie Alcala, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Oct. 2023 Those with mature hair types, or natural gray hair, should consider strengthening and reparative treatments to help hair protect itself. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reparative was in 1582

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“Reparative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​par·​a·​tive ri-ˈpar-ət-iv How to pronounce reparative (audio)
: of, relating to, or serving to repair

Medical Definition


re·​par·​a·​tive ri-ˈpar-ət-iv How to pronounce reparative (audio)
: of, relating to, or effecting repair
reparative dentistry

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