Definitions

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  • n. the act of alleviating; relief or mitigation
  • n. the act of reducing pain or anything else unpleasant; easement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of alleviating; a lightening of weight or severity; mitigation; relief.
  • n. That which mitigates, or makes more tolerable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of alleviating, The act of removing in part, lessening, mitigating, or making easier to be endured: as, the alleviation of taxes. The act of making less by representation; extenuation: as, “alleviations of faults.” South.
  • n. That which lessens, mitigates, or makes more tolerable: as, the sympathy of a friend is an alleviation of grief.
  • n. Synonyms Mitigation, palliation, relief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
  • n. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

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Examples

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  • “Energy independence,” whether accurately or not, offers alleviation from a specific fear and a promise of abundance.

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  • If the Antigonish Movement ultimately asked more of consumer co-operation and credit unionism than they were able to deliver, that in no way detracts from the energy its adherents devoted to their cause, nor from the short-to-medium term alleviation of suffering, the enhancement of human dignity and the restoration of hope which they accomplished.

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  • Not surprisingly, labour interests are focused on short-term alleviation of community problems in their own areas.

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  • The major alleviation is that gifts and estates, regardless of size, passing to a spouse or dependent children would to totally exempt.

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  • Anything which provided "short to medium-term alleviation of capacity issues in the South East" should be considered, although the funding and route would need careful consideration, a spokesman said.

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  • However, meaningful long-term alleviation to hunger is rooted in the alleviation of poverty, as poverty leads to hunger.

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  • Compound this with many people who are legally using prescription marijuana for pain alleviation, and there’s no way this will fly.

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  • (Wednesday) is likely to provide at least a short-term alleviation of the extremely negative sentiment towards financial markets, "said Barclays Capital analyst David Woo.

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