Etymology
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rehabilitate (v.)

1580s, "restore to a former capacity or standing, or a former right, rank, or privilege lost or forfeited," a back-formation from rehabilitation and in part from Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare. Century Dictionary calls it "a term drawn from the civil and canon law."

By 1845 as "to bring back to a former condition after decay or damage." The meaning "to restore one's reputation or character in the esteem of others" is from 1847. Related: Rehabilitated; rehabilitating.

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Definitions of rehabilitate

rehabilitate (v.)
help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute;
The prisoner was successfully rehabilitated
After a year in the mental clinic, the patient is now rehabilitated
rehabilitate (v.)
reinstall politically;
Deng Xiao Ping was rehabilitated several times throughout his lifetime
rehabilitate (v.)
restore to a state of good condition or operation;
From wordnet.princeton.edu