lenitive

[len-i-tiv]

adjective

softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
mildly laxative.

noun

a lenitive medicine or application.
a mild laxative.
Archaic. anything that softens or soothes.

Nearby words

  1. leninsk-kuznetski,
  2. lenis,
  3. lenite,
  4. lenitic,
  5. lenition,
  6. lenitively,
  7. lenity,
  8. lenni lenape,
  9. lenni-lenape,
  10. lennon

Origin of lenitive

From the Medieval Latin word lēnītīvus, dating back to 1535–45. See lenition, -ive

Related formslen·i·tive·ly, adverblen·i·tive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for lenitive

lenitive

adjective

soothing or alleviating pain or distress

noun

obsolete a lenitive drug

Word Origin for lenitive

C16: from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnīre to soothe

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Word Origin and History for lenitive

lenitive

adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire "to soften" (see lenient). As a noun, from early 15c.

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Medicine definitions for lenitive

lenitive

[lĕnĭ-tĭv]

adj.

Capable of easing pain or discomfort.

n.

A lenitive medicine.

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