Definitions for palliativeˈpæl iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv
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palliative, alleviant, alleviator(adj)
remedy that alleviates pain without curing
alleviative, alleviatory, lenitive, mitigative, mitigatory, palliative(adj)
moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.
The radiation and chemotherapy were only palliatives.
Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.
Origin: From *palliativus, from palliare, from pallium.
serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate
that which palliates; a palliative agent
Origin: [Cf. F. palliatif.]
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