- to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work, or the like.
- to restore to good condition, operation, or management, as a bankrupt business.
- to reestablish the good reputation of (a person, one's character or name, etc.).
- to restore formally to former capacity, standing, rank, rights, or privileges.
- to undergo rehabilitation.
Origin of rehabilitate
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Examples from the Web for rehabilitative
It means more of a fine or counseling or some sort of program where you don't end up in jail but in a rehabilitative program.Rick Perry Mellows on Pot
January 24, 2014
- to help (a person who has acquired a disability or addiction or who has just been released from prison) to readapt to society or a new job, as by vocational guidance, retraining, or therapy
- to restore to a former position or rank
- to restore the good reputation of
Word Origin and History for rehabilitative
1570s, "to bring back to a former condition after decay or damage," back-formation from rehabilitation and in part from Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare. Meaning "to restore one's reputation or character in the eyes of others" is from 1847. Related: Rehabilitated; rehabilitating.
- To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
- To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.