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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈstɒɹətɪv/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧stora‧tive



  1. Serving to restore.
    After a long day working in the fields Clarence took comfort in a restorative pint of beer.



restorative (plural restoratives)

  1. Something with restoring properties.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 25:
      Marianne’s joy was almost a degree beyond happiness, so great was the perturbation of her spirits and her impatience to be gone. Her unwillingness to quit her mother was her only restorative to calmness; and at the moment of parting her grief on that score was excessive.
  2. (euphemistic) An alcoholic drink, especially with tonic.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XIV, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      “Well, let's hope you're right, darling. In the meantime,” said Kipper, “if I don't get that whisky-and-soda soon, I shall disintegrate. Would you mind if I went in search of it, Mrs Travers?” “It's the very thing I was about to suggest myself. Dash along and drink your fill, my unhappy young stag at eve.” “I'm feeling rather like a restorative, too,” said Bobbie. “Me also,” I said, swept along on the tide of the popular movement. “Though I would advise,” I said, when we were outside, “making it port. More authority.”


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