Definition of lenitive in English:


Syllabification: len·i·tive
Pronunciation: /ˈlenətiv
Medicine , • archaic


  • (Of a medicine) laxative.
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    • The leaves, and to a lesser extent the flowers, are mildly diuretic, emollient, lenitive and mildly sedative.


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  • A laxative.
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    • He suggests, as lenitives, senna with pulp of tamarind or oil of sweet almonds.
    • This should be followed by an emetic or stomach-pump, and subsequently by lenitives.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin lenitivus, from lenit- 'softened', from the verb lenire.

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