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 emphasis is on addressing the behavior through parent conferences and through restorative practices. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit schools had 16,000 suspensions last year, aims to reduce them," 11 June 2018 Yoga Don’t be intimidated by those photographs of ridiculously fit people in pretzel-like poses; several kinds – from basic Hatha to restorative and gentle yoga – are accessible to us mere mortals. Beth Wood, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Yoga and meditation tips for caregivers," 25 Apr. 2018 Daily activities morning meditations, 2-hour sessions of The Class by Taryn Toomey, horseback riding, hiking, restorative yoga, and healthy Caribbean cuisine. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Winter Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 10 Nov. 2017 Some parents, who didn't think there was a racial bias issue at Wildwood, felt Cunat was spending too much time trying to correct the problem through restorative justice work. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Education / Crime Distinguished CPS principal resigns after threats, controversy over anti-police speaker," 19 June 2018 Few dentists offer written warranties; more should — at least for major restorative work such as bridges and crowns. Kevin Brasler, Philly.com, "Finding a dentist to maintain your pearly whites," 2 June 2018 And while Karlie Kloss sipped a café au lait while indulging in some leggy relaxation in Paris, Kate Hudson found her inner peace on a yoga mat, her restorative pose made memorable by a nearly full-term baby bump—and that lit-from-within glow. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Zoë Kravitz, Karlie Kloss, and More," 8 July 2018 This magic spray has been around for decades and appears to have incredible restorative abilities. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Just what is in that ‘magic spray’ trainers use at the World Cup?," 13 July 2018 Section 4 concludes with chapters that highlight the ways that schools can challenge mass incarceration, including some possibilities for restorative and transformative justice. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 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)

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

restorative

noun

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

: 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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