Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tending to take away or diminish; specifically, in medicine, lessening the mass of the blood.

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

  • adjective Serving to take away, diminish, or rob; esp. (Med.), serving to diminish sensibly the amount of blood in the body.

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  • adjective Serving to take away, diminish, or rob.

Etymologies

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Compare French spoliatif.

Examples

  • spoliative Sciron’; Alcidamas of ‘a toy for poetry’ and ‘the witlessness of nature’, and says

    Rhetoric

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