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(of a medicine) laxative.
soothing, alleviating, sedative, calmative, calmingView synonyms
- ‘The leaves, and to a lesser extent the flowers, are mildly diuretic, emollient, lenitive and mildly sedative.’
painkiller, analgesic, pain reliever, sedative, tranquillizer, anodyne, calmative, opiate, bromideView synonyms
- ‘This should be followed by an emetic or stomach-pump, and subsequently by lenitives.’
- ‘He suggests, as lenitives, senna with pulp of tamarind or oil of sweet almonds.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin lenitivus, from lenit- ‘softened’, from the verb lenire.
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