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pal·li·a·tive

 (păl′ē-ā′tĭv, -ē-ə-tĭv)
adj.
1. Tending or serving to palliate.
2. Alleviating the symptoms of a disease or disorder, especially one that is terminal, when a cure is not available.
n.
One that palliates, especially a palliative drug or medicine.

pal′li·a′tive·ly adv.

palliative

(ˈpælɪətɪv) or

palliatory

adj
serving to palliate; relieving without curing
n
something that palliates, such as a sedative drug or agent
ˈpalliatively adv

pal•li•a•tive

(ˈpæl iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv)

adj.
1. serving to palliate: a palliative medicine.
n.
2. something that palliates.
[1535–45; < Middle French palliatif]
pal′li•a`tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palliative - remedy that alleviates pain without curingpalliative - remedy that alleviates pain without curing
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
Adj.1.palliative - moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bearpalliative - moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
moderating - lessening in intensity or strength

palliative

noun
1. drug, painkiller, sedative, tranquillizer, anodyne, analgesic, demulcent, calmative, lenitive Insulin merely acts as a palliative.
2. temporary measure, stopgap, temporary expedient The loan was a palliative, not a cure, for their financial troubles.
adjective
1. soothing, calming, mollifying, anodyne, demulcent, calmative, lenitive, mitigatory the importance of palliative care in hospitals
Translations
paliativní
palliativPalliativum

palliative

[ˈpælɪətɪv]
A. ADJpaliativo, lenitivo
B. Npaliativo m, lenitivo m

palliative

[ˈpæliətɪv] n
(= drug, treatment) → palliatif m
(to problem)palliatif m
a palliative to sth → un palliatif à qch

palliative

(form)
adj drug, remedy, effectlindernd; explanationbeschönigend
nLinderungsmittel nt, → Palliativ(um) nt

palliative

[ˈpælɪətɪv] npalliativo

pal·li·a·tive

a. paliativo-a, lenitivo-a, que alivia.

palliative

adj paliativo
References in classic literature ?
This doctor therefore proposed, "that upon the meeting of the senate, certain physicians should attend it the three first days of their sitting, and at the close of each day's debate feel the pulses of every senator; after which, having maturely considered and consulted upon the nature of the several maladies, and the methods of cure, they should on the fourth day return to the senate house, attended by their apothecaries stored with proper medicines; and before the members sat, administer to each of them lenitives, aperitives, abstersives, corrosives, restringents, palliatives, laxatives, cephalalgics, icterics, apophlegmatics, acoustics, as their several cases required; and, according as these medicines should operate, repeat, alter, or omit them, at the next meeting.
The fear from which she was suffering I might have soothed, but the serious heart- disease, under which she laboured, was beyond the reach of all moral palliatives.
Edgar Caswall again tortured his brain to find any antidote or palliative of this greater evil than before.