[ pal-ee-ey-shuhn ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Origin of palliation

First recorded in 1400–50, for a previous sense; palliat(e) + -ion

Other words from palliation

  • non·pal·li·a·tion, noun

Words Nearby palliation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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