[ri-stawr-uh-tiv, -stohr-]


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.

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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Contemporary Examples of restorative

  • After, the restorative effects of “two jiggers from an old bottle of Wild Turkey,” he began the next chapter of his life.

  • And next week I'm starting something very exciting with a woman who is going to do an hour of restorative yoga with me.

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    Kathleen Turner's New Broadway High

    Kevin Sessums

    April 17, 2011

  • A-listers including Madonna, Matthew McConaughey, and Demi Moore are hawking the restorative powers of coconut water.

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    What's Next for Foodies

    Jacquelynn D. Powers

    September 10, 2010

  • Despite all this sensational, restorative sex, Stone is a teeny bit defensive about his heterosexuality.

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    Do I Have to Read Kisser?

    William Boot

    February 13, 2010

Historical Examples of restorative

British Dictionary definitions for restorative



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

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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

restorative in Medicine




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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