palliative

[ pal-ee-ey-tiv, -ee-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈpæl iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv /

adjective

serving to palliate.

noun

something that palliates.

Nearby words

  1. pallia,
  2. pallial,
  3. palliard,
  4. palliasse,
  5. palliate,
  6. palliative care,
  7. palliative treatment,
  8. pallid,
  9. pallidal,
  10. pallidectomy

Origin of palliative

From the French word palliatif, dating back to 1535–45. See palliate, -ive

Related formspal·li·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·pal·li·a·tive, adjectivenon·pal·li·a·tive·ly, adverbun·pal·li·a·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for palliative

palliative

/ (ˈpælɪətɪv) /

adjective

serving to palliate; relieving without curing

noun

something that palliates, such as a sedative drug or agent
Derived Formspalliatively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for palliative

palliative

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French palliatif (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin palliativus "under cloak, covert," from Late Latin palliatus (see palliate). As a noun, recorded from 1724.

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Medicine definitions for palliative

palliative

[ pălē-ā′tĭv, -ē-ə-tĭv ]

adj.

Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.

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