October 19 2018

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lenitive

len·i·tive
[ˈlenədiv]

ADJECTIVE
(of a medicine) laxative.
synonyms:
soothing · alleviating · sedative · calmative · calming · alleviative · alleviatory · lenitive · demulcent · assuasive · mitigatory · mitigative · paregoric
NOUN
lenitives (plural noun)
a laxative.
synonyms:
painkiller · analgesic · pain reliever · sedative · tranquilizer · anodyne · calmative · opiate · bromide · lenitive · demulcent · mitigative · paregoric

ORIGIN
late Middle English: from medieval Latin lenitivus, from lenit- ‘softened’, from the verb lenire.

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