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RESTORA'TION, noun [Latin restauro.]

1. The act of replacing in a former state.

Behold the different climes agree, rejoicing in thy restoration

So we speak of the restoration of a man to his office, or to a good standing in society.

2. Renewal; revival; re-establishment; as the restoration of friendship between enemies; the restoration of peace after war; the restoration of a declining commerce.

3. Recovery; renewal of health and soundness; as restoration from sickness or from insanity.

4. Recovery from a lapse or any bad state; as the restoration of man from apostasy.

5. In theology, universal restoration the final recovery of all men from sin and alienation from God, to a state of happiness; universal salvation.

6. In England, the return of king Charles II in 1660, and the re-establishment of monarchy.