Lenitive meaning

lĕn'ĭ-tĭv
Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
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A lenitive medicine.
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Soothing or assuaging; lessening pain or distress.
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Anything that soothes; esp., a lenitive medicine.
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Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
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A lenitive medicine.
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Analgesic, able to reduce pain or suffering.
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(of a person) Mild; gentle.
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An analgesic or other source of relief from pain.
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Origin of lenitive

  • Middle English lenitif from Old French from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus from Latin lēnītus past participle of lēnīre to soothe from lēnis soft lē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Late Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus
    From Wiktionary