Restorative things give you energy or make you feel better. Your dad might have a favorite restorative chicken soup he makes you whenever you have a cold.

Antibiotics can be restorative to a patient with an infection, and a good night's sleep is almost always restorative, no matter how tired you are. If something brings you back to life or helps you recover, it's restorative. Sometimes people use this word as a noun, to mean "medicine for strength." Restorative has a Latin root, restaurare, "repair, rebuild, or renew."

Definitions of restorative
  1. adjective
    tending to impart new life and vigor to
    synonyms: renewing, revitalising, revitalizing, reviving
    imparting strength and vitality
  2. adjective
    promoting recuperation
    restorative effects of exercise”
    synonyms: recuperative
    conducive to good health of body or mind
  3. noun
    a device for treating injury or disease
    synonyms: corrective
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    a sheet or blanket (either dry or wet) to wrap around the body for its therapeutic effect
    face pack, pack
    a cream that cleanses and tones the skin
    pick-me-up, pickup
    anything with restorative powers
    prosthesis, prosthetic device
    corrective consisting of a replacement for a part of the body
    glass eye
    prosthesis consisting of an artificial eye made of glass
    a prosthesis placed permanently in tissue
    a prosthesis used to close an opening (as to close an opening of the hard palate in cases of cleft palate)
    leg, peg, pegleg, wooden leg
    a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
    type of:
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  4. noun
    a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
    synonyms: tonic
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    bracer, pick-me-up
    a tonic or restorative (especially a drink of liquor)
    type of:
    medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
    (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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