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[len-i-tiv] /ˈlɛn ɪ tɪv/

softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications.
mildly laxative.
a lenitive medicine or application.
a mild laxative.
Archaic. anything that softens or soothes.
soothing or alleviating pain or distress
(obsolete) a lenitive drug

early 15c., from Medieval Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire “to soften” (see lenient). As a noun, from early 15c.

lenitive len·i·tive (lěn’ĭ-tĭv)
Capable of easing pain or discomfort. n.
A lenitive medicine.


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