lenitive

  • 1 Lenitive — Len i*tive, n. [Cf. F. l[ e]nitif.] 1. (Med.) (a) A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants. (b) A mild purgative; a laxative. [1913 Webster] 2. That which softens or mitigates; that… …

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  • 2 lenitive — [len′ə tiv] adj. [< ML lenitivus < L lenitus, pp. of lenire, to soften: see LENIENT] soothing or assuaging; lessening pain or distress n. anything that soothes; esp., a lenitive medicine …

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  • 3 Lenitive — Len i*tive ( t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. l[ e]nitif. See {Lenient}.] Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as pain or acrimony; assuasive; emollient. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 lenitive — index medicinal, narcotic, remedial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 lenitive — (adj.) early 15c., from M.L. lenitivus, from L. lenitus, pp. of lenire to soften (see LENIENT (Cf. lenient)). As a noun, from early 15c …

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  • 6 lenitive — 1. Soothing; relieving discomfort or pain. 2. Rarely used term for a demulcent. [L. lenio, pp. lenitus, to soften, fr. lenis, mild] * * * len·i·tive len ət iv adj alleviating pain or harshness lenitive n a lenitive medicine or application * * *… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 7 lénitive — ● lénitif, lénitive adjectif (latin médiéval lenitivus, du latin classique lenire, adoucir) Littéraire. Lénifiant. ● lénitif, lénitive (synonymes) adjectif (latin médiéval lenitivus, du latin classique lenire, adoucir) Littéraire. Lénifiant.… …

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  • 8 lenitive — adjective Etymology: Middle English lenitif, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire Date: 15th century alleviating pain or harshness ; soothing • lenitive noun • lenitively adverb …

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  • 9 lenitive — lenitively, adv. lenitiveness, n. /len i tiv/, adj. 1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications. 2. mildly laxative. n. 3. a lenitive medicine or application. 4. a mild laxative. 5. Archaic. anything that softens or… …

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  • 10 lenitive — len•i•tive [[t]ˈlɛn ɪ tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications 2) mildly laxative 3) a lenitive medicine or application • Etymology: 1535–45; < ML lēnītīvus= Llēnīt(us), ptp. oflēnīre(see lenient) +… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 lenitive — /ˈlɛnətɪv / (say lenuhtiv) adjective 1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications. 2. mildly laxative. –noun 3. a lenitive medicine or application; a mild laxative. 4. Rare anything that softens or soothes …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 lenitive — 1. adjective a) Analgesic, able to reduce pain or suffering. b) Mild; gentle. 2. noun An analgesic or other source of relief from pain …

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  • 13 lenitive — Synonyms and related words: alleviating, alleviative, alleviator, altering, analgesic, anesthetic, anodyne, assuager, assuasive, balm, balmy, balsam, balsamic, benumbing, bounding, brilliantine, calmant, calmative, cathartic, chrism, cleansing,… …

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  • 14 lenitive — n. medicine which eases mild pain or discomfort; laxative adj. soothing, softening; mildly laxative …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 15 lenitive — I. a. Soothing, assuasive, emollient, lenient, mitigative, balmy, sedative, demulcent. II. n. Palliative, emollient, lenient, opiate, anodyne, soothing medicine …

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  • 16 lenitive — adj 1. palliative, mitigative, mitigating, alleviative, alleviating, relieving, easing; soothing, softening, assuasive, assuaging, mollifying, demulcent, emollient, balmy, balsamic, A rchaic. lenient; calmative, sedative, relaxing; lubricative,… …

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  • 17 lenitive — len·i·tive …

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  • 18 lenitive —   a.,n. soothing (drug); gentle laxative; palliative.    ♦ lenity, n. gentleness; leniency …

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  • 19 lenitive — adj. & n. adj. Med. soothing. n. 1 Med. a soothing drug or appliance. 2 a palliative. Etymology: ME f. med.L lenitivus (as LENIENT) …

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  • 20 lenitive Medicine, — [ lɛnɪtɪv] archaic adjective (of a medicine) laxative. noun a laxative. Origin ME: from med. L. lenitivus, from lenit , lenire soften …

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