from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending or serving to palliate.
- adj. Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.
- n. One that palliates, especially a palliative drug or medicine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.
- n. Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate, mitigate, or alleviate.
- n. That which palliates; a palliative agent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Palliating; extenuating; serving to extenuate by excuses or favorable representation.
- Mitigating or alleviating, as pain or disease.
- n. That which extenuates: as, a palliative of guilt.
- n. That which mitigates, alleviates, or abates, as the violence of pain, disease, or other evil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. remedy that alleviates pain without curing
- adj. moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
From New Latin *palliativus, from Medieval Latin palliare ("to cloak"), from Latin pallium ("a cloak"). (Wiktionary)