[ 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.


Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following bird names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

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

OTHER WORDS FROM restorative

non·re·stor·a·tive, adjective, nounun·re·stor·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for nonrestorative

/ (rɪˈstɒrətɪv) /


tending to revive or renew health, spirits, etc


anything that restores or revives, esp a drug or agent that promotes health or strength
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for nonrestorative

[ rĭ-stôrə-tĭv ]


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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.