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Meaning of LENITIVE

Pronunciation:  'lenitiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  remedy that eases pain and discomfort
  2. [adj]  moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear

LENITIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: alleviative, alleviatory, mitigative, mitigatory, moderating, palliative
 See Also: curative, cure, remedy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Len"i*tive\ (-t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. l['e]nitif. See
    Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as pain or
    acrimony; assuasive; emollient.
  2. \Len"i*tive\, n. [Cf. F. l['e]nitif.]
    1. (Med.)
       (a) A medicine or application that has the quality of
           easing pain or protecting from the action of
       (b) A mild purgative; a laxative.
    2. That which softens or mitigates; that which tends to allay
       passion, excitement, or pain; a palliative.
             There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils,
             which Nature holds out; so I took it kindly at her
             hands, and fell asleep.               --Sterne.
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