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lenitive


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  That  which  softens  or  mitigates;  that  which  tends  to  allay 
  passion,  excitement,  or  pain;  a  palliative. 
 
  There  is  one  sweet  lenitive  at  least  for  evils, 
  which  Nature  holds  out  so  I  took  it  kindly  at  her 
  hands,  and  fell  asleep.  --Sterne. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  lenitive 
  adj  :  moderating  pain  or  sorrow  by  making  it  easier  to  bear  [syn: 
  {alleviative},  {alleviatory},  {mitigative},  {mitigatory}, 
  {palliative}] 
  n  :  remedy  that  eases  pain  and  discomfort 




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