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  1. curing or curative; prescribed or helping to heal.
  2. growing sound; getting well; mending.
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  1. the act or process of regaining health: a new drug to accelerate healing.
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Origin of healing

before 1000; Middle English heelyng (adj.), helynge (noun), Old English hǣlinge (noun). See heal, -ing2, -ing1
Related formsheal·ing·ly, adverbself-heal·ing, adjectiveun·heal·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples of unhealing

  • Drought blasts the turf, but its unhealing blast to human hope is glossed over.

    Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest

    J. Frank Dobie

Word Origin and History for unhealing



"restoration to health," Old English hæling; see heal. Figurative sense of "restoration of wholeness" is from early 13c.; meaning "touch that cures" is from 1670s.

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