Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of easing pain or discomfort.
  • noun A lenitive medicine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Assuaging; palliating.
  • noun A medicine or an application that has the quality of easing pain; anything which softens or mitigates.
  • noun Anything which tends to allay passion or excitement; a palliative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants.
  • noun A mild purgative; a laxative.
  • noun That which softens or mitigates; that which tends to allay passion, excitement, or pain; a palliative.
  • adjective Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as pain or acrimony; assuasive; emollient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Analgesic, able to reduce pain or suffering.
  • adjective of a person Mild; gentle.
  • noun An analgesic or other source of relief from pain

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

  • noun remedy that eases pain and discomfort
  • adjective moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English lenitif, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lēnītīvus, from Latin lēnītus, past participle of lēnīre, to soothe, from lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus

Examples

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  • alleviating pain or harshness; soothing.

    November 20, 2007

  • The drift of the conversation was, as you may perceive, very much in the nature of a lenitive to my stomach...

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008