palliative

[pal-ee-ey-tiv, -ee-uh-tiv]
adjective
1.
serving to palliate.
noun
2.
something that palliates.

Origin:
1535–45; < French palliatif. See palliate, -ive

palliatively, adverb
nonpalliative, adjective
nonpalliatively, adverb
unpalliative, adjective
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palliative (ˈpælɪətɪv)
 
adj
1.  serving to palliate; relieving without curing
 
n
2.  something that palliates, such as a sedative drug or agent
 
'palliatively
 
adv

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palliative
1540s (adj.), from Fr. palliatif (14c.), from M.L. palliatus (see palliate). As a noun, recorded from 1724.
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palliative pal·li·a·tive (pāl'ē-ā'tĭv, -ē-ə-tĭv)
adj.
Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.


pal'li·a'tive·ly adv.
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Example sentences
With no respite care and insufficient palliative care, we suffered on together.
Quality-of-life topics, such as pain relief, stress management and palliative
  care are sensitively treated.
This catharsis inspired him to leave his successful career as an oncologist and
  focus instead on palliative care.
Nor is the new tax palliative enough of an answer to the unemployment problem.
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