re·ha·bil·i·tate /ˌrē-ə-'bi-lə-ˌtāt, ˌrē-hə-/ vt -tat·ed, -tat·ing1: to restore to a former capacity; specif: to restore credibility to (a witness or testimony)the State simply brought out all of the prior statements to qualify or explain the inconsistency and to rehabilitate the witness — People v. Page, 550 N.E.2d 248 (1990) compare impeach◇ A witness whose trial testimony is inconsistent with his or her pretrial usu. sworn statements is considered impeached. Such a witness may be rehabilitated usu. on redirect examination. There are various state and federal evidentiary rules governing what evidence (as character evidence) is admissible to rehabilitate a witness.2 a: to restore to a former state (as of good repair or solvency)if the debtor wishes to liquidate rather than reorganize or rehabilitate the farming operation — J. H. Williamsonb: to restore (as a convicted criminal defendant) to a useful and constructive place in society through therapy, job training, and other counselingre·ha·bil·i·ta·tion /-ˌbi-lə-'tā-shən/ n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
ameliorate, amend, bring back, fix, furbish, improve, make over, meliorate, mend, readjust, rebuild, reclaim, recondition, reconstitute, reconstruct, reconvert, rectify, redeem, redintegrate, reestablish, refashion, refit, refurbish, reintegrate, reinvigorate, remake, renew, renovate, repair, reproduce, restituere, restore, revamp, revive, revivify, salvage
associated concepts: rehabilitate an offender, rehabilitate an insurance company
cure, fix (repair), meliorate, reconstruct, recreate, rectify, reform, reinstate, renew (refurbish), renovate, repair, restore (renew)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To restore a person or business to a normal level of health, freedom, reputation, dignity, finances, or other capacity; to improve the reliability of a witness whose credibility has been impeached by opposing counsel; to help a criminal improve his or her situation so as to abandon crime in the future.n.rehabilitation
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.