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Pronunciation:  'palee`eytiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  remedy that alleviates pain without curing
  2. [adj]  moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear

PALLIATIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: alleviant, alleviative, alleviator, alleviatory, lenitive, mitigative, mitigatory, moderating
 See Also: curative, cure, remedy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pal"li*a*tive\, a. [Cf. F. palliatif.]
    Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate.
  2. \Pal"li*a*tive\, n.
    That which palliates; a palliative agent. --Sir W. Scott.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Treatment undertaken not to cure but to improve a problem or condition.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Noun: something aimed at relieving symptoms.
  2. Adjective: describes a therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of a condition; for incurable conditions (such as some cancers), pallitative therapy (such as administering pain relief) is the primary medical treatment a patient receives.
Thesaurus Terms
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