soothing or assuaging; lessening pain or distress
Origin of lenitivefrom Medieval Latin lenitivus from Classical Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire, to soften: see lenient
anything that soothes; esp., a lenitive medicine
Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
A lenitive medicine.
Origin of lenitiveMiddle English lenitif from Old French from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus from Latin lēnītus past participle of lēnīre to soothe from lēnis soft ; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more lenitive, superlative most lenitive)
- An analgesic or other source of relief from pain
From Late Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus