adverb see lenitive

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lenitively — See lenitive. * * * …   Universalium

  • lenitive — lenitively, adv. lenitiveness, n. /len i tiv/, adj. 1. softening, soothing, or mitigating, as medicines or applications. 2. mildly laxative. n. 3. a lenitive medicine or application. 4. a mild laxative. 5. Archaic. anything that softens or… …   Universalium

  • lenitive — adjective Etymology: Middle English lenitif, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin lenitivus, from Latin lenitus, past participle of lenire Date: 15th century alleviating pain or harshness ; soothing • lenitive noun • lenitively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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