palliative definition

  • adjective:
    • Tending or providing to palliate.
    • reducing or relaxing the symptoms of an illness or disorder without effecting a remedy.
    • Minimising the development of a disease and relieving unwelcome symptoms for as long as possible, in place of trying to heal the (usually incurable) illness.
    • Serving to palliate; offering to extenuate, mitigate, or relieve.
    • moderating discomfort or sorrow through it easier to bear
  • noun:
    • One that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine or medication.
    • Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.
    • whatever palliates; a palliative broker.
    • whatever extenuates: as, a palliative of guilt.
    • whatever mitigates, alleviates, or abates, as violence of discomfort, disease, or any other evil.
    • treatment that alleviates pain without curing
  • others:
    • Palliating; extenuating; providing to extenuate by excuses or positive representation.
    • Mitigating or alleviating, as discomfort or disease.

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