restorative

1 of 2

adjective

re·​stor·​ative ri-ˈstȯr-ə-tiv How to pronounce restorative (audio)
: of or relating to restoration
especially : having power to restore
restorative sleep

restorative

2 of 2

noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
And the most restful, restorative sleep of her life. Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Additionally, Cornbread Hemp had pledged to support restorative justice by donating $10,000 to the Last Prisoner Project in 2021. Alyssa Edwards, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 The new Shea Moisture Bond Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is a sulfate-free option infused with restorative HydroPlex for 84% less breakage, making the hair six times stronger. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 He was also ordered to attend mental health counseling and a restorative justice program. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2024 Time away from creating music has been restorative. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 The district of more than 1,000 schools employs nearly 120 restorative justice teachers, meaning only about a tenth of schools have one. Gail Cornwall, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 On April 3, the Royal Collection Trust announced that the iconic palace will open the wing via the Principal Floor following five years of restorative work. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Meg creates a spiritual experience through strength-building and restorative bodywork and encourages individuals to listen to their bodies in order to gain confidence in their practice. Emma Love, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Feb. 2024
Noun
The chickpea soup is a great restorative. John Mariani, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Senator Moynihan wondered whether Farley’s mail-sorting facility, with its access to railway platforms under Eighth Avenue, was a potential restorative for lost glory that kept things, architecturally speaking, in the family. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2021 By many accounts, those traits were honed by his response to that dispiriting benching in the 2018 national title game and a restorative, affirming Southeastern Conference championship victory that Hurts rescued for Alabama 11 months later. Jeré Longman, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2022 Emulate the restorative, calming influence of a spa-like environment in your own home with a taupe bathroom design. Sophie Flaxman, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 The wild prawn cocktail with Bere Island crab (€26) is sweet and briny, while the squash soup (€10) is a restorative. John Mariani, Forbes, 20 June 2022 Children larked, dogs romped, and weary grownups slumbered, while some enjoyed a restorative, and others were, well, deep in conversation. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 So many workers showed up on Monday with hangovers that management provided pickle juice as a restorative. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 If the budino is a humble restorative, the torta is a celebratory pièce de résistance. Joshua David Stein, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of restorative was in the 14th century

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“Restorative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/restorative. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

restorative

1 of 2 adjective
re·​stor·​ative ri-ˈstōr-ət-iv How to pronounce restorative (audio)
-ˈstȯr-
: of or relating to restoration
especially : having power to restore
the restorative value of food and rest

restorative

2 of 2 noun
: something that serves to restore to consciousness or health

Medical Definition

restorative

1 of 2 adjective
re·​stor·​ative ri-ˈstōr-ət-iv, -ˈstȯr- How to pronounce restorative (audio)
: of, relating to, or providing restoration
restorative treatment
restorative dentistry

restorative

2 of 2 noun
: something (as a medicine) that serves to restore to consciousness, vigor, or health

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