rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is the act of restoring something to its original state, like the rehabilitation of the forest that had once been cleared for use as an amusement park.

The noun rehabilitation comes from the Latin prefix re-, meaning “again” and habitare, meaning “make fit.” When something falls in to disrepair and needs to be restored to a better condition, it needs rehabilitation. People seek rehabilitation after an accident or surgery to restore their strength, or to learn to live without drugs or other addictive substances or behaviors.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: rehabilitation

1
n
the treatment of physical disabilities by massage and electrotherapy and exercises
2
n
the restoration of someone to a useful place in society
3
n
the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: rehabilitation
1

n the treatment of physical disabilities by massage and electrotherapy and exercises

Type of:
physiatrics, physical therapy, physiotherapy
therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
2

n the restoration of someone to a useful place in society

Types:
correctional rehabilitation
providing penal custody or probation or parole for convicted offenders
physical rehabilitation, physical restoration, therapeutic rehabilitation
providing help for disabled persons; the removal or reduction of disabilities
vocational rehabilitation
providing training in a specific trade with the aim of gaining employment
Type of:
restoration
the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state

n vindication of a person's character and the re-establishment of that person's reputation

Type of:
exoneration, vindication
the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.
3

n the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation

Synonyms:
reclamation, renewal
Types:
re-afforestation, reforestation
the restoration (replanting) of a forest that had been reduced by fire or cutting
urban renewal
the clearing and rebuilding and redevelopment of urban slums
Type of:
restoration
the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
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