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lenitive

[ len-i-tiv ]
/ ˈlɛn ɪ tɪv /
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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.
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Origin of lenitive

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lenitive

len·i·tive·ly, adverblen·i·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lenitive

lenitive
/ (ˈlɛnɪtɪv) /

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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Medical definitions for lenitive

lenitive
[ lĕnĭ-tĭv ]

adj.
Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
n.
A lenitive medicine.
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