Definition of lenitive in English:

lenitive

adjective

Medicine
archaic
  • (of a medicine) laxative.

    • ‘The leaves, and to a lesser extent the flowers, are mildly diuretic, emollient, lenitive and mildly sedative.’
    soothing, alleviating, sedative, calmative, calming
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noun

Medicine
archaic
  • A laxative.

    • ‘He suggests, as lenitives, senna with pulp of tamarind or oil of sweet almonds.’
    • ‘This should be followed by an emetic or stomach-pump, and subsequently by lenitives.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin lenitivus, from lenit- softened, from the verb lenire.

Pronunciation:

lenitive

/ˈlɛnɪtɪv/