soothing or assuaging; lessening pain or distress
Origin of lenitive; from 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 l&emacron;n&imacron;t&imacron;vus, from Latin l&emacron;n&imacron;tus, past participle of l&emacron;n&imacron;re, to soothe, from l&emacron;nis, soft; see l&emacron;- 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