[[t]pæ̱liətɪv, AM -eɪt-[/t]]
1) N-COUNT A palliative is a drug or medical treatment that relieves suffering without treating the cause of the suffering.
2) N-COUNT A palliative is an action that is intended to make the effects of a problem less severe but does not actually solve the problem. [FORMAL]

The society's board realised that the loan was a palliative, not a cure, for ever-increasing financial troubles...

The increase in the number of rooms available in private homes acted as a palliative to the general accommodation shortage.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Palliative — Pal li*a*tive, a. [Cf. F. palliatif.] Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate, mitigate, or alleviate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • palliative — (adj.) 1540s, from M.Fr. palliatif (14c.), from M.L. palliatus (see PALLIATE (Cf. palliate)). As a noun, recorded from 1724 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • palliative — Reducing the severity of; denoting the alleviation of symptoms without curing the underlying disease. * * * pal·lia·tive pal ē .āt iv, pal yət adj serving to palliate <palliative surgery> pal·lia·tive·ly adv palliative n something that… …   Medical dictionary

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  • palliative — pal|li|a|tive [ˈpæliətıv US ətıv, eıtıv] n 1.) formal something done to make a bad situation seem better, but which does not solve the problem ▪ short term economic palliatives 2.) medical a medical treatment that will not cure an illness but… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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