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  1. pal·li·a·tive
    IPA[ˈpalēˌādiv]
  2. adjective

    • 1. (of a medicine or medical care) relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition:

      orthodox medicines tend to be palliative rather than curative
    • 2. (of an action) intended to alleviate a problem without addressing the underlying cause:

      short-term palliative measures had been taken

    noun

    • 1. a palliative remedy, medicine, etc.:

      antibiotics and other palliatives
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: palliative, plural noun: palliatives

    • adjective

      (of a medicine or medical care) relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition:

      (of an action) intended to alleviate a problem without addressing the underlying cause:

    • noun

      a palliative medicine, measure, etc.:
    • noun

      care for the terminally ill and their families, especially that provided by an organized health service.
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