re·​stor·​ative | \ ri-ˈstȯr-ə-tiv How to pronounce restorative (audio) \

Definition of restorative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to restoration especially : having power to restore restorative sleep



Definition of restorative (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that serves to restore to consciousness, vigor, or health

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Examples of restorative in a Sentence

Adjective the restorative powers of rest took a restorative vitamin mix to improve his immune system Noun Sleep is a powerful restorative.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective He's also been involved with restorative justice programs, taught at Marquette and Cardinal Stritch universities, and trained police and prosecutors about domestic violence. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brett Blomme defeats Walker apointee Paul Dedinsky for Branch 5 Milwaukee County judge," 13 Apr. 2020 Huynh said students also want the university to set up a restorative justice program, similar to the ones universities like Brown University and the University of Colorado at Boulder have implemented. María Méndez, Dallas News, "‘We have failed you’: UT President Greg Fenves addresses questions about faculty sexual misconduct," 29 Jan. 2020 Don’t forget that blocks aren’t just for challenging poses—they can also be used as part of a restorative yoga practice, like relaxing into bridge pose. Popular Science, "Yoga blocks that prop up your confidence," 28 Apr. 2020 With her team from Holy Cross Central School, Page shared their progress with restorative practices during a daylong retreat last month. Stephanie Wang, Indianapolis Star, "Students need restorative skills ‘as much as they need math and science,’ Indianapolis educators say," 9 Jan. 2020 What is the designer’s role in bringing about restorative justice? Clay Chandler, Fortune, "The new Land Rover Defender is a case study in modernizing classic design," 10 Mar. 2020 Chesa Boudin, a former public defender, took over in January after running on a progressive platform that advocated for restorative justice and ending mass incarceration. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Did Kevin Epps kill in self-defense?," 21 Feb. 2020 Commissioner and chair of the NYCCHR Carmelyn Malalis has been focused on restorative justice. Connie Wang,, "Her Social Media Call Outs Led To Real Change At Prada. Here’s How She Did It.," 18 Feb. 2020 Boudin ran for district attorney on a platform that included expanding victims’ rights and restorative justice. Evan Sernoffsky,, "SF auto burglary epidemic: DA Chesa Boudin wants to reimburse victims for shattered windows," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of course, there is something loutish about driving this very proper British convertible so barbarously fast—a little like putting four olives in your afternoon restorative at the Lord's Club. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1996 Aston Martin DB7 Volante Makes the English Sports-Car Brand Relevant Again," 20 May 2020 And for a touch of self-care, T Magazine rounded up ingredients that can help transform a simple bath into a restorative, spalike escape. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Stimulus, Butterflies: Your Friday Evening Briefing," 20 Mar. 2020 Blue skies and sunshine are uplifting for the spirit and restorative for the soul. Jay Brinker,, "Guest Morning Line: Here's hoping the Cincinnati Bengals use that ballooning cap space," 6 Mar. 2020 After the flowers knock you out with wonder, the ethereal evening fragrance works like a restorative. R. Daniel Foster,, "What a showoff: Ghostly Brugmansia delivers spectacular garden blooms," 22 June 2018 Our visit was in late winter — snow had fallen and temperatures had dropped into the 20s — so soup was a welcome restorative: a smooth (vegetarian) purée of white onions that neglected neither the onions’ sweetness nor their natural sharpness. Edward Schneider, New York Times, "At a London Temple to Art, Culinary Virtuosity on Display," 21 Apr. 2018 The funky aroma’s still there, an earthy restorative, a chewy celebration of the morning after, a communion bowl consecrated with hot tortillas. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Carnitas Lonja puts pork on a pedestal," 25 Jan. 2018 The clash over authority was evident recently at the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court, where women charged with prostitution are supposed to face restorative, not punitive, justice. Liz Robbins, New York Times, "A Game of Cat and Mouse With High Stakes: Deportation," 3 Aug. 2017 Nelsen's — whose founder reputedly drank a pint of bitters every day as a restorative and lived to be 90 — issues Bitters Club Certificates to anyone willing to knock back a shot. Kurt Chandler,, "Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island," 30 June 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Restorative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of restorative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : having the ability to make a person feel strong or healthy again



English Language Learners Definition of restorative (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : something that makes a person feel strong or healthy again


re·​stor·​ative | \ ri-ˈstōr-ət-iv, -ˈstȯr- How to pronounce restorative (audio) \

Medical Definition of restorative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or providing restoration restorative treatment restorative dentistry



Medical Definition of restorative (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as a medicine) that serves to restore to consciousness, vigor, or health

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