restorative

adjective
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

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

Yet to see a line of cars stop to observe a creature whose habitat their emissions are destroying is like an instance of restorative justice—the culprit and victim encounter each other face to face. Michele Moses, The New Yorker, "Why the Polar Bear Is the Undisputed Image of Climate Change," 23 June 2019 Other topics include culturally responsive education, sustainable housing, holistic health care, food and nutrition, restorative justice, and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Building a community focused on youth empowerment," 15 June 2019 That's why even restorative justice, the alternative response to crime that focuses on healing rather than punishment, never asks its participants to forgive. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Forgiveness and your health: What science says about the benefits," 5 June 2019 He also was ordered to pay restitution, attend therapy, complete restorative justice practices and do 12 hours of community service a month. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Teen driver cries at sentencing in fatal St. Paul hit-run. Victim’s mother accuses him of ‘murder.’," 3 June 2019 With so many planets in your house of solitude and slumber at the beginning of May, take time to focus on restorative beauty practices. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Magazine Norton says there will be a nurse on-site to administer restorative IV drips on demand to bust hangovers, rehydrate and boost energy. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 Here, out favorite restorative products that help bring back fullness and vibrancy—and keep them going for years to come. Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR's 2019 Anti-Aging Awards," 4 Mar. 2019 ClassPass identified recovery classes as the fastest-growing trend in 2017, reporting a 16 percent increase in clients booking meditation, restorative, and recovery classes. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is a Stretch Studio? Here’s What You Need to Know About This Growing Fitness Trend," 24 Feb. 2019

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- How to pronounce restorative (audio) \

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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