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lenitive

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adjective len·i·tive \ˈle-nə-tiv\

Definition of lenitive

  1. :  alleviating pain or harshness :  soothing

lenitive noun
lenitively adverb


Did You Know?

Lenitive first appeared in English in the 15th century. It derived from the Latin verb lenire ("to soften or soothe"), which was itself formed from the adjective lenis, meaning "soft" or "mild." "Lenire" also gave us the adjective "lenient," which usually means "tolerant" or "indulgent" today but in its original sense carried the meaning of "relieving pain or stress." Often found in medical contexts, "lenitive" can also be a noun referring to a treatment (such as a salve) with soothing or healing properties.

Origin of lenitive

Middle English lenitif, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with lenitive


Medical Dictionary

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lenitive

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adjective len·i·tive \ˈlen-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of lenitive

  1. :  alleviating pain or harshness




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lenitive

noun len·i·tive

Medical Definition of lenitive

  1. :  a lenitive medicine or application




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