- The law will improve the lives of local farmers, but it is no panacea.
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Examples of panacea in a Sentence
The law will improve the lives of local farmers, but it is no panacea.
a woman who seems to believe that chicken soup is a panacea for nearly everything
Recent Examples of panacea from the Web
Toby De Silva—Barcroft Media/Getty Images For people with dwarfism, even education is no panacea.
Just as important, single-payer is no policy panacea.
But Kettl of the University of Texas said such moves were not a panacea for ensuring efficient government.
In ancient times, sugar was regarded not as a poison but as a panacea, the cure for a host of ailments, from coughs to colic.
Officials see the new airline as a panacea for the economy.
None of these approaches is a panacea, and each will face its own uphill battles.
The Do Not Disturb lid-opening trigger, a suggestion Wardle credits to the pseudonymous security researcher known as the Grugq, certainly isn't a panacea for a computer falling into enemy hands.
But this is not a panacea: There are major policy areas without reauthorization deadlines to force action, such as immigration and banking.
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panacea Comes From the Name of a Greek Goddess
Panacea comes from a Greek word meaning "all-healing", and Panacea was the goddess of healing. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, alchemists who sought to concoct the "elixir of life" (which would give eternal life) and the "philosopher's stone" (which would turn ordinary metals into gold) also labored to find the panacea. But no such medicine was ever found, just as no solution to all of a society's difficulties has ever been found. Thus, panacea is almost always used to criticize the very idea of a total solution ("There's no panacea for the current problems plaguing Wall Street").
PANACEA Defined for English Language Learners
: something that will make everything about a situation better
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