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Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
A lenitive medicine.

[Middle English lenitif, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnītus, past participle of lēnīre, to soothe, from lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]

len′i·tive·ly adv.


soothing or alleviating pain or distress
(Pharmacology) obsolete a lenitive drug
[C16: from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnīre to soothe]


(ˈlɛn ɪ tɪv)

1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
2. mildly laxative.
3. a lenitive medicine or application.
[1535–45; < Medieval Latin lēnītīvus= Latin lēnīt(us), past participle of lēnīre (see lenient) + -īvus -ive]


a medicinal preparation or application for soothing pain; a palliative. — lenitive, adj.
See also: Remedies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lenitive - remedy that eases pain and discomfort
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
Adj.1.lenitive - moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bearlenitive - moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
moderating - lessening in intensity or strength


[ˈlenɪtɪv] ADJlenitivo
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