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Pronunciation:  u`leevee'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
  2. [n]  the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"

ALLEVIATION is a 11 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: assuagement, easement, easing, relief, relief
 See Also: comfort, decrease, detente, diminution, liberalisation, liberalization, palliation, reduction, relaxation, spasmolysis, step-down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al*le`vi*a"tion\, n. [LL. alleviatio.]
1. The act of alleviating; a lightening of weight or
   severity; mitigation; relief.

2. That which mitigates, or makes more tolerable.

         I have not wanted such alleviations of life as
         friendship could supply.              --Johnson.

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