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

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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  1. soothing or alleviating pain or distress
  1. 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

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.
  1. A lenitive medicine.
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