palliative

1 of 2

adjective

pal·​li·​a·​tive ˈpa-lē-ˌā-tiv How to pronounce palliative (audio) ˈpal-yə- How to pronounce palliative (audio)
: serving to palliate
palliative surgery
palliative care
palliative drugs
palliatively adverb

palliative

2 of 2

noun

: something that palliates

Examples of palliative in a Sentence

Noun The disease has no cure, but a number of palliatives exist. Travel is like a palliative against depression for him. symbolic palliatives for inner-city troubles
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Irwin explained that he’s been in palliative care since day one after learning about the cancer. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 The edelweiss extract acts in a palliative capacity (read: no stinging), and kombucha helps produce the most noticeable immediate effect: a more radiant-looking face. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2024 In July, a professional gathering on palliative psychiatry was held in Toronto. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 Virginia Boothe, a palliative care physician, retired at 69. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2023 Her father's doctor has also just recommended palliative care. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 18 Dec. 2023 The poison has to be broken down by the body into more palliative form (of acetate), which then can be processed out as waste (through breath, urine, et al.). Guy Martin, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 But the best thing for this patient would have been to continue on the palliative route. Julie Roskamp, STAT, 24 Nov. 2023 Despite that breakthrough, cystic fibrosis treatments remained mainly palliative for decades. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2023
Noun
Best of all, Story has rekindled her love of the piano, which has been a crucial palliative during a time of great personal challenge. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 As an audio storyteller, he was drawn to many of the sonic elements of the church environment — particularly sermons and their joint role as a form of instruction and palliative. Ariel Shapiro, The Verge, 3 Oct. 2023 Carboplatin in particular — in combination with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel — has remained unchallenged as the go-to for ovarian cancer, in particular when the treatment could be curative, rather than palliative. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 16 Aug. 2023 But scores of experiments now show that exercise is much more than a temporary distraction from mental woes or some ultimately inconsequential palliative. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2017 But don’t mistake a Sinéad O’Connor song for some kind of palliative. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 27 July 2023 All said, however, that the push for palliative and hospice care at their HCA facilities is insistent and aimed at improving performance measures. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 21 June 2023 Depending on the situation, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers cover some costs of palliative as well as hospice care. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 21 June 2023 There is no direct evidence that HCA’s palliative and hospice care push was intended to increase its executives’ pay. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 21 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palliative was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Palliative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palliative. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

palliative

1 of 2 adjective
pal·​li·​a·​tive ˈpal-ē-ˌāt-iv How to pronounce palliative (audio) ˈpal-yət- How to pronounce palliative (audio)
: serving to palliate

palliative

2 of 2 noun
: something that palliates

Medical Definition

palliative

1 of 2 adjective
pal·​lia·​tive ˈpal-ē-ˌāt-iv How to pronounce palliative (audio) ˈpal-yət- How to pronounce palliative (audio)
: 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
palliatively adverb

palliative

2 of 2 noun
: something that reduces the severity of a disease or condition without curing it
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