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  1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
  2. mildly laxative.
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  1. a lenitive medicine or application.
  2. a mild laxative.
  3. Archaic. anything that softens or soothes.
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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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Related Words

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Historical Examples

  • And in the hospital of the mind, the lenitive and fostering measures have a still larger share in the work of a moral restoration.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845


  • Not in a state of lenitive pain, sanative, and in some degree encouraging, but in a condition of incipient mortification.


    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for lenitive


  1. soothing or alleviating pain or distress
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  1. obsolete a lenitive drug
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Word Origin

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.

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lenitive in Medicine


  1. Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
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  1. A lenitive medicine.
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