Definitions for palliativeˈpæl iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv

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  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

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  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.

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  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.]


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