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Definitions for palliative
ˈpæl iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪvpal·lia·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palliative, alleviant, alleviatoradjective

    remedy that alleviates pain without curing

  2. alleviative, alleviatory, lenitive, mitigative, mitigatory, palliativeadjective

    moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear


  1. palliativenoun

    Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.

    The radiation and chemotherapy were only palliatives.

  2. palliativeadjective

    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. Etymology: From *palliativus, from palliare, from pallium.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Palliativeadjective

    Etymology: palliatif, Fr. from palliate.

    Consumption pulmonary seldom admits of any other than a palliative cure, and is generally incurable when hereditary. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

  2. Palliativenoun

    Something mitigating; something alleviating.

    Etymology: from palliate.

    It were more safe to trust to the general aversion of our people against this coin, than apply those palliatives which weak, perfidious, or abject politicians administer. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Palliative

    Palliative care (derived from the Latin root palliare, or 'to cloak') is an interdisciplinary medical caregiving approach aimed at optimizing quality of life and mitigating suffering among people with serious, complex, and often terminal illnesses. Within the published literature, many definitions of palliative care exist. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes palliative care as "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual." In the past, palliative care was a disease specific approach, but today the WHO takes a broader approach, that the principles of palliative care should be applied as early as possible to any chronic and ultimately fatal illness.Palliative care is appropriate for individuals with serious illnesses across the age spectrum and can be provided as the main goal of care or in tandem with curative treatment. It is provided by an interdisciplinary team which can include physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, and dietitians. Palliative care can be provided in a variety of contexts, including hospitals, outpatient, skilled-nursing, and home settings. Although an important part of end-of-life care, palliative care is not limited to individuals near the end of life.Evidence supports the efficacy of a palliative care approach in improvement of a person's quality of life. Palliative care's main focus is to improve the quality of life for those with chronic illnesses. It is commonly the case that palliative care is provided at the end of life, but it can be helpful for a person of any stage of illness that is critical or any age.


  1. palliative

    Palliative refers to any form of care, treatment, or intervention that is aimed at reducing severity, alleviating symptoms, or relieving pain associated with a serious illness or ailment, without trying to cure the disease itself. Its main goal is to improve the quality of life of the patient.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palliativeadjective

    serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate

  2. Palliativenoun

    that which palliates; a palliative agent

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

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  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

Examples of palliative in a Sentence

  1. Sean Morrison:

    Considerable data now demonstrates that when patients receive palliative care in addition to traditional medical care, they have improved quality of life, greater satisfaction with their medical care, are less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital or have to visit an emergency department, and in certain diseases( i.e. cancer) have greater survival.

  2. David Beckham:

    I think it gets up my partner, Lesley Braithwaite nose more than it does mine because when someone stares at me, if I look at them, they look away, whereas she can see people staring for much longer before Ive noticed. It doesnt really bother me though, it just makes me feel like how David Beckham must feel. If its good enough for David Beckham, its good enough for me. i first discovered them about two years ago, when my treatment options were reduced to palliative chemotherapy.

  3. Jo Polkey:

    Somebody that requires palliative nursing care is when there is no treatment options left. Trying to make someone as comfortable as possible. We want to add to their lives rather than think of it as the ending.

  4. Pope Francis:

    It is with the heaviest of hearts but with complete conviction for Charlie’s best interests that I find it is in Charlie’s best interests that I accede to these applications and rule that Great Ormond Street Hospital may lawfully withdraw all treatment save for palliative care to permit Charlie to die with dignity.

  5. Heather Zoumas Lubeski:

    Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. manufactures and markets Supprelin® LA for the treatment of children with central precocious puberty (CPP), vantas®, indicated for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer, was discontinued due to manufacturing issues and has not been a promoted product for more than five years.

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