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restorative

[ri-stawr-uh-tiv, -stohr-]
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adjective
  1. serving to restore; pertaining to restoration.
  2. capable of renewing health or strength.
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noun
  1. a restorative agent, means, or the like.
  2. a means of restoring a person to consciousness: Smelling salts serve as a restorative.
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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 formsnon·re·stor·a·tive, adjective, nounun·re·stor·a·tive, adjective
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Related Words for restorative

curative, corrective, therapeutic, tonic, healing, analeptic, healthful, remedial, antidotal, recuperative, curable, medicinal

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British Dictionary definitions for restorative

restorative

adjective
  1. tending to revive or renew health, spirits, etc
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noun
  1. 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

adj.

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

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n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

restorative in Medicine

restorative

(rĭ-stôrə-tĭv)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to restoration.
  2. Tending or having the power to restore.
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n.
  1. A medicine or other agent that helps to restore health, strength, or consciousness.
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