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  • noun Plural form of alleviative.


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  • There is nothing in the faintest degree resembling a substitute for opium, but from time to time various alleviatives, which can not be discussed in an untechnical article, may be administered with benefit.

    The Opium Habit

  • Her knowledge of all sorts of medicines, gargles, and alleviatives, her perfect familiarity with every canon and law of good nursing and tending, was something that could only have come from long experience in those good old New England days when there were no nurses recognized as

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • Seventeen boxes full of all imaginable comforts and alleviatives set off in four wagons for the railroad station, and

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

  • Privation, early comrade of the South, was here; scant room, scant supplies, not too much of wholesome food for the crowded town, few medicines or alleviatives, much to be done and done at once with the inadequatest means.

    The Long Roll

  • Many persons profess to like it as well as the Russian (which, singularly enough, in no case have I ever known to produce the disagreeable feeling in head or lungs), and it certainly ranks with the foremost alleviatives of the opium suffering -- the agonizing rythmical neuralgia of which I have spoken usually becoming magically lulled within two minutes from the time of entering the first heated chamber, and ceasing altogether as soon as the perspiration becomes thoroughly established.

    The Opium Habit


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