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len·i·tive

 (lĕn′ĭ-tĭv)
adj.
Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
n.
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.
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lenitive

(ˈlɛnɪtɪv)
adj
soothing or alleviating pain or distress
n
(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)

adj.
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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lenitive

a medicinal preparation or application for soothing pain; a palliative. — lenitive, adj.
See also: Remedies
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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
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lenitive

[ˈlenɪtɪv] ADJlenitivo
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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."