- serving to palliate.
- something that palliates.
Origin of palliative
Related Words for palliativecalming, reassuring, curative, remedial, punitive, disciplinary, therapeutic, confirmation, apology, basis, explanation, vindication, argument, rationale, rationalization, pretext, approval, balm, ointment, cosmetic
Examples from the Web for palliative
Contemporary Examples of palliative
Palliative sedation would have relieved her pain, it is true.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
I found a solution in palliative care—which is dedicated to minimizing pain and keeping the chronically ill out of the hospital.Meet America's Overworked Caregivers
April 30, 2010
This is palliative care—a return of some control to people during a passage in life that is uncontrollable.The Right to Die at Home
March 2, 2009
Historical Examples of palliative
During his sickness he sought a palliative for his pains—in the Bible.Jewish Literature and Other Essays
Insanity may perhaps be the only palliative left to Nature in this extremity.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
For him there was a palliative, or even a gloomy but an unanswerable excuse.Devereux, Complete
As far as Cæsar is concerned, it is palliative rather than condemnatory.The Life of Cicero
Emigration on the largest scale has proved a palliative, but no remedy.British Socialism
J. Ellis Barker
- serving to palliate; relieving without curing
- something that palliates, such as a sedative drug or agent
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.
- Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.