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tr.v. al·le·vi·at·ed, al·le·vi·at·ing, al·le·vi·ates
1. To make (pain, for example) less intense or more bearable: a drug that alleviates cold symptoms. See Synonyms at relieve.
2. To lessen or reduce: alleviate unemployment.

[Middle English alleviaten, from Late Latin alleviāre, alleviāt-, to lighten : Latin ad-, ad- + levis, light; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.]

al·le′vi·a′tion n.
al·le′vi·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alleviator - a therapist who makes suffering more endurablealleviator - a therapist who makes suffering more endurable
healer, therapist - a person skilled in a particular type of therapy
2.alleviator - remedy that alleviates pain without curingalleviator - remedy that alleviates pain without curing
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
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And they come swiftly from the other side of the earth, over wires and cables, for your electric telegraph is a great alleviator of anxiety.
In its own mystical framework it stresses the role of the believer as alleviator of human pain through acts of mercy and philanthropy, as social responsibility, a synergy of humans and God (Makrides, 2005).
These stringent and stiff regulations sometimes act as a hindrance instead of an alleviator for the private sector investors.