minorative

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From the late-Middle French minoratif, minorative (that diminishes or lessens”, of a medicine “mildly laxative”; as a noun “a mild laxative), from minorer (to diminish the importance [of]). Equivalent to minorate (diminish”, “lessen) +‎ -ive. Compare the post-Classical (i.e., 9th C.) Latin minōrātīvus.

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minorative (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, of a medicine) Gently laxative.
    • 1543, Bartholomew Traheron (translator), Joannes de Vigo (author), The Most Excellent Workes of Chirurgerye, book IX, addendum, page 225:
      Clysters sometymes do supplye the rowme of minoratyve medicines.
    • 1747, Jean Astruc (author; translator unknown), Academical Lectures on Fevers, page 112:
      Nothing but minorative apozems should be ordered.

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Noun[edit]

minorative (plural minoratives)

  1. (obsolete) A gently laxative medicine.
    • 1633, James Hart, Κλινική; or, The Diet of the Diseased, book III, chapter xiv, page 284:
      When…wee feare lest nature faint before perfect concoction, we may sometimes use a gentle minorative.
    • 1747, Jean Astruc (author; translator unknown), Academical Lectures on Fevers, page 232:
      Others give minoratives more frequently.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

minorative f

  1. feminine form of minoratif

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Noun[edit]

minorative f (plural minoratives)

  1. laxative