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lenitive

[len-i-tiv] /ˈlɛn ɪ tɪv/
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
1535-1545
1535-45; < Medieval Latin lēnītīvus. See lenition, -ive
Related forms
lenitively, adverb
lenitiveness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lenitive

lenitive

/ˈlɛnɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
soothing or alleviating pain or distress
noun
2.
(obsolete) a lenitive drug
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnīre to soothe
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Word Origin and History for lenitive
adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire "to soften" (see lenient). As a noun, from early 15c.

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lenitive in Medicine

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

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