Definition of restorative in US English:



  • 1Having the ability to restore health, strength, or a feeling of well-being.

    ‘the restorative power of long walks’
    • ‘Simple displays that emphasise the activities of the household, such as an armoire stacked with an assortment of crockery, can be used to provide a restorative background.’
    • ‘The restorative properties of the peppermint and spearmint plant specifically, have fascinated herbalists and repelled insects for thousands of years.’
    • ‘Soon Qing hears of a mysterious chef from the mainland whose recipes are said to have remarkable restorative powers.’
    • ‘Initially, Shenandoah supporters emphasized the scenic and primeval qualities of the park along with its recreational and restorative potential.’
    • ‘All the visible new and restorative work - to both the tensile structure and the landscape - honours and generously contributes to the original structure of the Kings Domain parklands.’
    • ‘Thus rampant national inflation generates uncompetitive firms, lost export and home markets, trade deficits and an eventual restorative plunge in the currency.’
    • ‘Her frantic parents, after finding no restorative medical treatment in Moscow, sent her to Europe to consult various doctors.’
    • ‘Curated by John Beardsley, it took the garden as a model for public art and presented work that focused on the restorative properties of nature and the region's garden tradition.’
    • ‘It alternates the physical thrills of a long, bouncy roller coaster ride with the restorative pleasure of getting drenched on a melting hot day.’
    • ‘There obviously was some damage which occurred by the excavating and building trade vehicles before this project was completed and which would necessitate some restorative landscaping which had nothing to do with the septic system.’
    • ‘The extensive range of services are inspired by restorative treatments, holistic therapies, healing rituals, organic products and native remedies found in Baja and around the world.’
    • ‘Using the excuse that some delayed tribute must be collected, Claudius decides to send the crazed Prince on a restorative sea journey to England.’
    • ‘Anest was awakened from the deep, dream-filled, restorative sleep of the travel-weary by an annoying, persistent knocking at the door.’
    • ‘On the positive side, Yuji begins to connect spiritually to Mamoru's father: the two men find restorative peace in one another.’
    • ‘The less we spend on conspicuous consumption goods, the better we can afford to alleviate congestion; and the more time we can devote to family and friends, to exercise, sleep, travel, and other restorative activities.’
    • ‘She believed firmly in the restorative powers of fresh air.’
    • ‘Many of the promises wilderness recreation offered in the interwar years remained - challenge, restorative experience, and retreat from modernity.’
    • ‘His technique makes it plain that there is no turning back to smooth-edged lyricism as it opens up a field where something in the utopian vision might provide a metaphor for some kind of restorative force.’
    • ‘They are believed to be the last remaining early 20 th-century Tennessee mountain resort buildings and are in danger of literally crumbling without restorative action.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, many environmentalists remain concerned that any talk of restorative grazing is merely an environmental smokescreen that lets ranchers continue to devastate the land.’
    invigorating, refreshing, stimulating, energizing, exhilarating, enlivening, reviving, rejuvenating, revitalizing, vitalizing, rousing, fortifying, strengthening, healthy, healthful, health-giving, salubrious, beneficial, tonic, salutary
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Surgery Dentistry Relating to or concerned with the restoration of form or function to a damaged tooth or other part of the body.
      • ‘An extraction is often used as preparation for a restorative dental procedure such as dentures.’
      • ‘After 20 years, I have had an ankle restorative surgical procedure 6 weeks ago to tighten a ligament surrounding the ankle joint.’


  • Something, especially a medicine or drink, that restores health, strength, or well-being.

    • ‘He would feel her pulse, chafe her wrists, apply restoratives and smelling salts, burn feathers under her nose.’
    • ‘In small doses it serves as a stimulant for the entire digestive tract, associating it with bitter tonics, or other restoratives.’
    • ‘In addition, for reformers, the focus on the Eucharist as a physical rather than spiritual restorative led to an attack on the materialism of transformation.’
    • ‘Among very few references to specific wines, the treasured South African Constantia is considered a suitable restorative for a young lady in Sense and Sensibility.’
    • ‘These dishes, many deriving from recipes such as the possets of 16th-century England, have a long history as restoratives.’
    • ‘The personal touch was waning, and a portrait-no matter how fast, cheap, and easily produced-was a valuable restorative to their sense of self.’
    • ‘The prisoner was cut down, restoratives were applied and he recovered, to be known forever more as Half-Hanged Smith.’
    • ‘Benedictine and Chartreuse orders still consume these restoratives for digestive and muscular problems.’
    • ‘You know it's been a long, strange evening of dance when the sight of people jogging, playing ball, or even dozing in Riverside Park the next morning comes as a sudden, overwhelming restorative.’
    • ‘Forensic scientists test the powders and potions - many of which are touted as restoratives and aphrodisiacs - to determine whether they are actually made from the animal on the label.’
    • ‘As professional sportsmen united in grief they recognised that winning is one of the best restoratives.’
    remedy, curative, medicine, medication, medicament, corrective, antidote, antiserum
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from an Old French variant of restauratif, -ive, from restorer (see restore).