Len"i*tive (?), a. [Cf. F. l'enitif. See Lenient.]

Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as pain or acrimony; assuasive; emollient.

 

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Len"i*tive, n. [Cf. F. l'enitif.]

1. Med. (a)

A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants.

(b)

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.

 

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