from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to repair.
  • adj. Relating to or of the nature of reparations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to or intended to repair.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or being a reparation.
  • n. That which repairs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Repairing, or tending to repair.
  • n. That which repairs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of effecting or tending to effect repair; restoring to a sound or good state; tending to amend defect or make good: as, a reparative process.
  • Pertaining to reparation or the making of amends.
  • n. That which restores to a good state; that which makes amends.


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  • They endorse the use of so-called "reparative therapy" to "change" the sexual orientation of their clients, despite the fact that this form of "therapy" has been rejected by every major professional medical organization including the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Counseling Association.

    Wayne Besen: Apple Should Dump 'Ex-Gay' iPhone App

  • This healing process is energized by what Jean Sanville calls the reparative instinct.

    Joseph Bobrow: Spirituality and the Road Home

  • Restorative justice, also known as reparative justice, is a good example of a new approach to an old problem.

    Adele Israel: Moving From Lack to Hope

  • On Wednesday night, the American Psychological Association released a new statement that therapy to help gay people become straight known as reparative therapy by some doesn't work.

    What's the Connection?: Note to APA: Progressive Clergy Can Help Your Clients

  • Its affiliates practice so-called reparative therapy, a form of counseling designed to turn gay people straight.

    Michelle Goldberg: The Ex-Gay Movement at the White House

  • Finally, take note of that quote, which comes from a statement by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, that so-called reparative therapy is "nothing short of torture."

    From the WSJ Opinion Archives

  • Aside to DTL: You're the one who brought up the whole gay thing with your references to Dr. Helen and her views on so-called reparative therapy, then 7Machos calls you on your threadjacking, and then you accuse him of being gay?

    Marcotte blames sexism for her troubles.

  • So people who think they need to turn from gay to straight sometimes turn to gay therapy, also known as reparative therapy, reorientation therapy, conversion therapy.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2007

  • The debate about the value of conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, has been raging in psychological circles for more than a decade.

    NPR Topics: News

  • "What Apple is saying here is that this so-called 'reparative therapy,' or a cure for gay people. has no place on the iTunes platform," Jones said. - Home Page


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