restorative

adjective
re·​stor·​ative | \ ri-ˈstȯr-ə-tiv \

Definition of restorative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

restorative

noun

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

The best ways to lower high levels of cortisol are exercising regularly, establishing a daily restorative practice such as meditation, and cutting down on excessive use of smartphones. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why Every 20-Something Should Know More About Their Hormones—and Their Body," 25 Oct. 2018 Forty schools have been targeted to receive training in restorative practices and social emotional learning, Santelises said. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore schools punish black girls more frequently, NAACP study finds," 28 June 2018 Cunat met Viets-VanLear through his mother, Jennifer Viets, a CPS employee who was coaching restorative justice practices at Wildwood throughout the school year. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Education / Crime Distinguished CPS principal resigns after threats, controversy over anti-police speaker," 19 June 2018 While the formula doesn't feature the kind of plush, rich texture I'm used to from ultra-nourishing creams, it more than makes up for the lack of sensorial experience with its restorative properties. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This Drugstore Baby Product Keeps My Skin Moisturized All Winter Long," 13 Dec. 2018 These bad actors include chronic stress, a lack of exercise and restorative sleep, toxins from molds, and fat-laden fast foods. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The Ferryman wonders whether violent revolution in pursuit of restorative justice is inevitable when the souls of the dead cannot rest. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Olivier-winning play from Jez Butterworth juggles 21 actors, a baby, and a goose — with a dark strain of Irish nationalism.," 3 Nov. 2018 Of course, for many victims, restorative justice isn't enough justice. Isobel Yeung, Glamour, "For Some Sexual Assault Survivors, Justice Looks Like a Sit-Down With Their Assailant," 16 Oct. 2018 And the question of how exactly to move forward from allegations and systemic consequences to bring restorative justice to victims and survivors remains largely unanswered. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Over 425 People Have Been Accused of Sexual Assault in the Year Following Harvey Weinstein Accusations," 5 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After the flowers knock you out with wonder, the ethereal evening fragrance works like a restorative. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island," 30 June 2017 With contemporary chair designers offering new takes on the classic form, this old-fashioned summer pleasure needn’t be fusty, however—neither in terms of the seat nor the restorative, booze-free drink in your paw. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, "Six Rocking Chairs and What to Drink in Them," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of restorative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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restorative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of restorative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

restorative

noun

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

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

restorative

adjective
re·​stor·​ative | \ ri-ˈstōr-ət-iv, -ˈstȯr- \

Medical Definition of restorative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

restorative

noun

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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