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1. (Science: medicine) a medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants. A mild purgative; a laxative.

2. That which softens or mitigates; that which tends to allay passion, excitement, or pain; a palliative. There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which nature holds out; so i took it kindly at her hands, and fell asleep. (Sterne)

Origin: cf. F. Lenitif.