- a restorative agent, means, or the like.
- a means of restoring a person to consciousness: Smelling salts serve as a restorative.
Origin of restorative
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- 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 nonrestorative
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
- Of or relating to restoration.
- Tending or having the power to restore.
- A medicine or other agent that helps to restore health, strength, or consciousness.
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