[ 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.

Nearby words

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  5. restorationism,
  6. restorative dentistry,
  7. restorative justice,
  8. restore,
  9. restorer,
  10. restoring spring

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for restorative


/ (rɪˈstɒrətɪv) /


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 restorative
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Medicine definitions for restorative


[ 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.

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