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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.]
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soothing or alleviating pain or distress
(Pharmacology) obsolete a lenitive drug
[C16: from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnīre to soothe]
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len•i•tive(ˈlɛn ɪ tɪv)
1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
2. mildly laxative.n.
3. a lenitive medicine or application.
[1535–45; < Medieval Latin lēnītīvus= Latin lēnīt(us), past participle of lēnīre (see lenient) + -īvus -ive]
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a medicinal preparation or application for soothing pain; a palliative. — lenitive, adj.See also: Remedies
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|Noun||1.||lenitive - remedy that eases pain and discomfort|
|Adj.||1.||lenitive - moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear|
moderating - lessening in intensity or strength
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