- 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
Related Words for lenitivetepid, delicate, peaceful, sunny, balmy, breezy, benign, warm, weak, calm, smooth, bland, mellow, moderate, soft, cool, soothing, mesmerizing, balm, ointment
Examples from the Web for lenitive
Historical Examples of lenitive
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
Word Origin 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.
- Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
- A lenitive medicine.