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palliative

[ pal-ee-ey-tiv, -ee-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈpæl iˌeɪ tɪv, -i ə tɪv /
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adjective
serving to palliate.
noun
something that palliates.
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Origin of palliative

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

OTHER WORDS FROM palliative

pal·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 forms of palliative

palliatively, adverb
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Medical 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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