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[ri-koo-per-uh-tiv, -puh-rey-tiv, -kyoo-] /rɪˈku pər ə tɪv, -pəˌreɪ tɪv, -ˈkyu-/
that recuperates.
having the power of recuperating.
pertaining to recuperation:
recuperative powers.
Also, recuperatory
[ri-koo-per-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -kyoo-] /rɪˈku pər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈkyu-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of recuperative
1640-50; < Late Latin recuperātīvus that can be regained, equivalent to recuperāt(us) (see recuperate) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
recuperativeness, noun
nonrecuperative, adjective
nonrecuperativeness, noun
nonrecuperatory, adjective
unrecuperative, adjective
unrecuperativeness, noun
unrecuperatory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He's a wonder for strength and recuperative powers, but don't tire him too much.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "No, they have some recuperative power left," said the second voice.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • Unconsciously she had counted on them for their recuperative value.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • They assert there is no recuperative power in the Constitution.

    The Civil War in America William Howard Russell
  • Ben Akbar's recuperative powers must be as marvelous as his speed and endurance.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Another favourite topic was the recuperative power of Islam.

  • "The king's recuperative powers are marvellous," Maxwell remarked.

    The Weight of the Crown

    Fred M. White
  • Some surgeons think it will, but I mistrust her recuperative power.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • The recuperative power of the young soldier is very marvellous.

    The Secret Battle A. P. Herbert

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