Definition of lenitive in English:

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lenitive

Pronunciation: /ˈlenədiv/
Medicine , archaic

adjective

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

noun

A laxative.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: len·i·tive

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