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lenitive

[ len-i-tiv ]

adjective

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


noun

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

lenitive

/ ˈlɛnɪtɪv /

adjective

  1. soothing or alleviating pain or distress


noun

  1. obsolete.
    a lenitive drug
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Other Words From

  • leni·tive·ly adverb
  • leni·tive·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lenitive1

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

Origin of lenitive1

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

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

Playing is sometimes an excellent lenitive to calm the mind, and to smother the ardent fire of love.

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

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