What does palliative mean?

Definitions for palliativeˈpæl iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word palliative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. palliative, alleviant, alleviator(adj)

    remedy that alleviates pain without curing

  2. alleviative, alleviatory, lenitive, mitigative, mitigatory, palliative(adj)

    moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear


  1. palliative(Noun)

    Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.

    The radiation and chemotherapy were only palliatives.

  2. palliative(Adjective)

    Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.

  3. Origin: From *palliativus, from palliare, from pallium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palliative(adj)

    serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate

  2. Palliative(noun)

    that which palliates; a palliative agent

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. palliatif.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palliative in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palliative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jon Radulovic:

    To get into hospice you have to acknowledge that a cure isn't possible but any treatment that is palliative in nature is fair game.

  2. Peter De Vries:

    Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.

  3. Peter De Vries:

    Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff -- it is a palliative rather than a remedy.

  4. Joy Goldsmith:

    Palliative care that is systematically engaged indicates resources that have been invested in this innovation, the regions representing the least expansive growth in palliative care are regions that struggle the most in health disparities, obesity and comorbidities.

  5. Catherine Campisi:

    Assisted suicide is inherently dangerous to those who are expensive to care for or who lack access to proper medical care, and rather than open up that Pandora's box, we ought to be exploring how to expand hospice and palliative care to address the needs of those terminally ill.

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