Emollient meaning

ĭ-mŏl'yənt
Emollient is defined as a substance that softens or soothes the skin.

A lubricant found in lipstick or hand lotion that causes your skin to become softer is an example of an emollient.

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The definition of emollient is something that is softening or soothing to the skin, or is someone or something intended to soothe.

Aloe cream that you put on sunburned skin is an example of an emollient cream.

An approach to resolving conflict intended to create a peace treaty that will end a war between two fighting countries is an example of an emollient approach.

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Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
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Making less harsh or abrasive; mollifying.

The emollient approach of a diplomatic mediator.

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An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
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An agent that assuages or mollifies.
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Softening; soothing.
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Something that has a softening or soothing effect; esp., an emollient preparation or medicine applied to surface tissues of the body.
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Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
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An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
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Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
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Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.
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Origin of emollient

  • Latin ēmolliēns ēmollient- present participle of ēmollīre to soften ē-, ex- intensive pref. ex– mollīre to soften (from mollis soft mel-1 in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French émollient, from Latin emolliēns, present active participle of ēmolliō (“make soft”), from e- + molliō, from mollis (“soft”).
    From Wiktionary