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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpalɪətɪv/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpæli.eɪtɪv/, /ˈpæli.ətɪv/
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- Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate.
- (medicine) Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.
reducing progression and relieving symptoms
palliative (plural palliatives)
- (medicine) Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.
- The radiation and chemotherapy were only palliatives.
- 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], chapter XXVIII, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. […], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, page 66:
- Mary heard with sorrow, and fear also, of the projected journey; but the altered expression of Isabella's countenance was a great palliative—dreadful as it was that her husband should love another...
- “palliative”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “palliative”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “palliative”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
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