lenitive

lenitive

[len-i-tiv]
adjective
1.
softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
2.
mildly laxative.
noun
3.
a lenitive medicine or application.
4.
a mild laxative.
5.
Archaic. anything that softens or soothes.

Origin:
1535–45; < Medieval Latin lēnītīvus. See lenition, -ive

lenitively, adverb
lenitiveness, noun
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lenitive (ˈlɛnɪtɪv)
 
adj
1.  soothing or alleviating pain or distress
 
n
2.  obsolete a lenitive drug
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnīre to soothe]

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lenitive len·i·tive (lěn'ĭ-tĭv)
adj.
Capable of easing pain or discomfort. n.
A lenitive medicine.

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