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palliative

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adjective pal·li·a·tive \ˈpa-lē-ˌā-tiv, ˈpal-yə-\

Definition of palliative

  1. :  serving to palliate palliative surgery palliative care palliative drugs

palliatively

adverb

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First Known Use of palliative

15th century


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palliative

noun pal·li·a·tive

Definition of palliative

  1. :  something that palliates

Examples of palliative in a Sentence

  1. The disease has no cure, but a number of palliatives exist.

  2. Travel is like a palliative against depression for him.

  3. symbolic palliatives for inner-city troubles

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First Known Use of palliative

1656


PALLIATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

palliative

noun

Definition of palliative for English Language Learners

  • medical : something that reduces the effects or symptoms of a medical condition without curing it

  • : something that is intended to make a bad situation seem better but that does not really improve the situation


Medical Dictionary

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palliative

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adjective pal·lia·tive \ˈpal-ē-ˌāt-iv, ˈpal-yət-\

Medical Definition of palliative

  1. :  reducing the severity of a disease or condition without curing it :  providing palliative care palliative treatment Although valve replacement is an important advance in the treatment of patients with valve disease, it is a palliative rather than a curative procedure.—Robert A. O'Rourke, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 13 Aug. 1982

palliatively

adverb

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palliative

noun pal·li·a·tive

Medical Definition of palliative

  1. :  something that reduces the severity of a disease or condition without curing it



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