Reducing pain or severity; palliative: alleviative treatment for an incurable disease.
(comparative more alleviative, superlative most alleviative)
- That alleviates pain; palliative
Variant of alleviate
transitive verballeviated, alleviating
- to make less hard to bear; lighten or relieve (pain, suffering, etc.)
- to reduce or decrease: to alleviate poverty
Origin of alleviateMiddle English alleviaten ; from Late Latin alleviatus, past participle of alleviare, for Classical Latin allevare ; from ad-, to + levis, light