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

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 His criminal justice policies emphasize restorative justice, centered around curbing recidivism and treating incarcerated people more humanely. Tara Kavaler, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 Packed with restorative and nourishing ingredients, this shampoo will have your curls looking perky and radiant in no time. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 As many elements of in-person life resume, there are a number of small businesses poised to capitalize on the flood of customers looking to engage in restorative and celebratory behavior. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 According to a statement from the Yuncheng city government, Xiechi Lake contains black mud with restorative and healing properties -- just like the Dead Sea. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 Classes range in length from 15 minutes to more than an hour and cover styles including vinyasa, hatha, yoga for beginners, restorative, kundalini, and yin. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 23 Jan. 2022 Also from the Primary line, Valmont's pomade is one of the most restorative and purely natural moisturizers on the market right now. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2021 Digital and cloud technologies can facilitate the move towards a circular economy, an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 It's made with nourishing ingredients like mineral oil, beeswax, and restorative postbiotics, that soothe and balance the skin. Nicol Natale,, 26 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Bruce Springsteen has always been first to show up in troubled times and usher music lovers back to the light, most notably with 2002's restorative post-9/11 album The Rising and subsequent tour with his beloved and mighty E Street Band. Dan Morrissey,, 27 June 2021 Sound baths have nothing to do with a relaxing soak in the tub, and yet more psychiatrists, therapists and other wellness experts are acknowledging the practice as ultra restorative and cleansing. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2021 Billed as an appetizer, the restorative is best experienced at the end of a meal, says Chiou. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 The productions leave little residue in the mind; watching them feels restorative, like a nap. Sarah Manguso, The New York Review of Books, 31 May 2020 See More

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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