the act or process of relieving a patient’s suffering without curing the disease that is causing it:The Academy provides authoritative, evidence-based advice to support policy for the prevention, management, and palliation of cancer.
the act of mitigating or concealing the gravity of an offense by excuses, apologies, etc.:No matter how events are viewed, there is no palliation for such crimes as the recent massacre of an entire family.
- non·pal·li·a·tion, noun
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How to use palliation in a sentence
palliation may be found for the alleged arson mentioned in the catalogue of complaints that have excited British indignation.
There was no excuse or palliation for this abominable persecution any more than there was for the burning of John Huss.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII | John Lord
Yet the question would be answered; and without palliation, self-excusing, or retort, he meditated.
For the one, as we have been showing, there is a strong plea in palliation; for the other there is none.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols) | Thomas De Quincey
In this case of Louisiana there can be neither excuse nor palliation for the misconduct of the Returning Board.The Vote That Made the President | David Dudley Field