Restoration: n. again making a subset(s) original and/or usable and/or functioning
You can restore an antique, a classic car, artwork, and your health to its original look or condition. It is impossible to restore an object to its original form if you have lost some parts and don’t know how they were made and you can’t restore the life of a human once they are dead.
In most cases restoration requires considerable skill and it is frequently very expensive.
Frequently it is a mistake to try and polish a metallic antique to its original luster, especially coins, because they are considered less valuable by dealers who want the object to show its age by the original tarnish or oxidation on it. It is easier to authenticate or prove that the object is original if it shows the natural wear and tear of sitting for years exposed to weathering elements.
What is not so obvious is the need for wilderness restoration which can be sometimes done with the mere introduction of predators at the top of the food chain. The change in diversity and health of plant and animal life with predator reintroduction is dramatic proving that nature knows best how to manage wilderness areas which humans so often degrade with their intervention or management.
Rehabilitation rather than restoration is the proper word to use when humans get back their good health with proper diet and exercise or when they can function again at full capacity after a serious temporarily debilitating accident.
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