Definition of palliative in English:

palliative

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adjective

  • 1(of a medicine or medical care) relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition.

    • ‘orthodox medicines tend to be palliative rather than curative’
    soothing, alleviating, sedative, calmative, calming
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    1. 1.1(of an action) intended to alleviate a problem without addressing the underlying cause.
      ‘short-term palliative measures had been taken’
      • ‘The solution should be sought in fast and radical changes to the law on the health insurance system, not in palliative measures like deferment or waiver of debts.’
      • ‘I wanted to create an alternative to the numbers, the arguments over ‘who is to blame’ and what palliative measures governments and corporations might be willing to take.’
      • ‘Of course, these were only palliative measures.’
      • ‘With every new tragedy, state officials respond with palliative measures and assurances that the issue will be studied further.’
      • ‘If treatment cannot provide the patient a quality life, then it is considered better to give no treatment beyond palliative measures.’
      • ‘However, more important than these essentially palliative measures was the clear acceptance by the Treasury of the principle of ‘parity plus’.’
      • ‘Nor does the structure admit individual improvement of caste, as a palliative measure, though the possibility of change of an entire caste is apparently recognized.’
      • ‘After ten years of palliative measures, the fundamental problems of the Japanese economy are nowhere near a solution.’
      • ‘If this palliative censorship worked at all, it worked to alleviate some symptoms manifest in racist broadcasts at the dawn of commercial television.’
      • ‘Disgusted with the bland, palliative Lutheranism of his day, he stresses duty, self-sacrifice, and total commitment.’
      • ‘I'll be interested to see if it offers any greater palliative effect.’
      • ‘It had to resort to palliative measures such as social assistance, and a restructuring plan for the Belgian industry, which was hardest hit by the crisis.’
      • ‘The dim lights and subdued strains of music wafted across the hall, giving a palliative effect.’

Pronunciation

palliative

/ˈpalēˌādiv/ /ˈpæliˌeɪdɪv/ /ˈpalēədiv/ /ˈpæliədɪv/

noun

  • A palliative remedy, medicine, etc.

    ‘antibiotics and other palliatives’
    • ‘social projects presented as palliatives for the urban crisis’
    • ‘But we need much more than news about the latest theories and scientific findings on preventive measures, palliatives and cures.’
    • ‘There are palliatives, cosmetics like quinine for malaria, which suppress the symptoms for as long as you take them; when you stop taking quinine, the malaria returns at full force.’
    • ‘Lanzmann isn't interested in extracting pity from his viewers; for him, history is present, undeniable and bereft of palliatives.’
    • ‘Nelson says he sees a day when grading professionals will lay down their own dust palliatives to cap off the soil after completing the excavation.’
    • ‘Such was the milieu in which nineteenth-century gymnastics and calisthenics systems offered women palliatives for infirmities that were equated with consumptive female invalidism.’
    • ‘There is yet no cure for Aids, only palliatives to make life more comfortable and to prolong life in the shadow of certain death,’ he said.’
    • ‘There are various palliatives, but there is no cure.’
    • ‘The other, I think, is the common conspiracy theory that pharmaceutical companies do not produce cures because they can make more profit selling palliatives.’
    • ‘Pharmaceutical companies do not like palliatives that can be grown in the back yard.’
    • ‘In meeting after meeting workers demanding action confronted the City Council, only to receive empty palliatives and arrogant admonitions that they were ‘on their side.’’
    • ‘I always assumed these books were filled with trite palliatives.’
    • ‘Morris would undoubtedly see these strategies as little more than palliatives at best or work intensification at worst and certainly unchallenging to the structure of capitalist work relations.’
    • ‘The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has several very good publications available on the construction and maintenance of improved soil roads and dust palliatives.’
    • ‘No one would criticise last week's announcement of $1 billion to help combat Aids and other illnesses worldwide, but the gesture represents the tiniest of palliatives to a string of global pandemics.’
    • ‘He went on to say that palliatives would not avail.’
    • ‘What this palliative fails to address is the involvement of the directors themselves in CEOs’ criminal activity.’
    • ‘It would have, in essence, offered a short-term palliative to a longer-term problem.’
    • ‘While we all can understand how belittling that experience must have been, shooting the messenger is never the recommended palliative.’
    • ‘Sandwiched between the ready availability of drugs and an inadequate response is a lost generation for whom cocaine is an easier palliative than the severity of a drug-free life.’
    • ‘If not, the measure would be a simple ineffective palliative, but not a solution to the problem.’
    painkiller, analgesic, pain reliever, sedative, tranquillizer, anodyne, calmative, opiate, bromide
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Pronunciation

palliative

/ˈpalēˌādiv/ /ˈpæliˌeɪdɪv/ /ˈpalēədiv/ /ˈpæliədɪv/

Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective): from French palliatif, -ive or medieval Latin palliativus, from the verb palliare ‘to cloak’ (see palliate).