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[ri-stawr-uh-tiv, -stohr-] /rɪˈstɔr ə tɪv, -ˈstoʊr-/
serving to restore; pertaining to restoration.
capable of renewing health or strength.
a restorative agent, means, or the like.
a means of restoring a person to consciousness:
Smelling salts serve as a restorative.
Origin of restorative
1350-1400; Middle English restoratif (adj. and noun) < Middle French restauratif < Latin restaurāt(us) (past participle of restaurāre to restore) + Middle French -if -ive
Related forms
nonrestorative, adjective, noun
unrestorative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for restorative
  • Many believe that the meat of rare and wild animals carries medicinal and restorative powers.
  • Spicy greens meet tender ham in this restorative soup.
  • Their example added spiritual health to the catalogue of restorative and curative powers attributed to the beach.
  • It's a great source of scientific hypotheses, and of restorative laughter.
  • Although such sleep's true effects are still being studied, it is generally considered a restorative period for the brain.
  • For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.
  • It's restorative to be sitting by the sea with its smell and dampness and constant noise.
  • No more reminders around here about this magical ten-cent restorative, and the million waiting reasons we'll be needing it.
  • The first is that sleep is restorative, saving and replenishing the body's energy stores.
  • The chance to create and control a daring solution is irresistible and restorative.
British Dictionary definitions for restorative


tending to revive or renew health, spirits, etc
anything that restores or revives, esp a drug or agent that promotes health or strength
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Word Origin and History for restorative

late 14c., from Old French restoratif from restorer (see restore).


early 15c., from restorative (adj.), or from Medieval Latin restaurativum "a restorative."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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restorative in Medicine

restorative re·stor·a·tive (rĭ-stôr'ə-tĭv)

  1. Of or relating to restoration.

  2. Tending or having the power to restore.

A medicine or other agent that helps to restore health, strength, or consciousness.
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