- softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
- mildly laxative.
- a lenitive medicine or application.
- a mild laxative.
- Archaic. anything that softens or soothes.
Origin of lenitive
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And in the hospital of the mind, the lenitive and fostering measures have a still larger share in the work of a moral restoration.
Not in a state of lenitive pain, sanative, and in some degree encouraging, but in a condition of incipient mortification.Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
- soothing or alleviating pain or distress
- obsolete a lenitive drug
C16: from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnīre to soothe
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Word Origin and History for lenitive
early 15c., from Medieval Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire "to soften" (see lenient). As a noun, from early 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
- A lenitive medicine.
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