Panacea

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n panacea hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
    • n Panacea (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Panacea A remedy for all diseases; a universal medicine; a cure-all; catholicon; hence, a relief or solace for affliction.
    • Panacea (Bot) The herb allheal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n panacea A remedy for all diseases or evils; a universal, remedy or medicine; a catholicon.
    • n panacea An herb or root believed to possess extraordinary healing properties, probably ginseng.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Panacea pan-a-sē′a a universal medicine:
    • n Panacea pan-a-sē′a (bot.) the plant Allheal (Valeriana officinalis).
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth C. Dunn
    Elizabeth C. Dunn
    “Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.”
  • Thomas J. Peters
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    “Communication is everyone's panacea for everything.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. pana`keia fr. panakh`s all-healing; pa^s pa^n, all + 'akei^sqai to heal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. panakeiapas, pan, all, akos, cure.

Usage

In literature:

But it is not a panacea against every ill.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Work is the only panacea to keep me from thinking, thinking, thinking.
"Jolly Sally Pendleton" by Laura Jean Libbey
Meanwhile he poses there as advocate Of this last panacea of his adoption.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, March 1, 1890" by Various
Christ's one social panacea was "giving to the poor," and this is the worst of all "reformations.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
I am no more abashed at having been a red-hot Socialist with a panacea of my own than at having been a sucking infant.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Not in political any more than in religious freedom could man's unrest find a panacea.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
They believe the Bible to be the panacea for all the ills of the Negro.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
Sir William still depended on the panacea of a marriage, if only the girl would live.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
However, universal panaceas are not to be hoped for.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
There is no panacea like laughter.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
All ordinary diseases were a unit produced by a common cause, and calomel was the principal panacea!
"The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University" by Robert Peter
A snake's rattle is a panacea for anything but a broken heart.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
War seemed to be the one universal panacea for all things.
"Adolescents Only" by Irving E. Cox
They were finding panacea for their bereavement in this care of the sons of other mothers.
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
There are lots of panaceas on the market.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
As a panacea for social evils Whitman believes in the remedial power of comradeship in a large-hearted charity.
"The Vagabond in Literature" by Arthur Rickett
It likewise induces in us a profound distrust of social panaceas.
"The Library and Society" by Various
In the grocer's shop the State provides for them the panacea.
"Stand Up, Ye Dead" by Norman Maclean
Evolution is not a panacea or a medicine to be applied to social or personal ills.
"The Arena" by Various
Were the Prohibitionists on hand at that time with any sort of a program, solution or panacea for the difficulty?
"The Menace of Prohibition" by Lulu Wightman
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In poetry:

A Decadent was dribbling by;
“Lady,” he said, “you seem undone;
You need a panacea; try
This sample of the Bodley bun.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
The woods that sleep on distant hills,
Or watch o'er gently murmuring rills,
Seem restful to the soul;
Their silence brings sweetest repose,
A panacea for the woes
That spurn M. D.'s control.
"Poundridge, N. Y." by Jared Barhite

In news:

Mortgage Cramdowns Are No Panacea .
Fat Tax Could Be Panacea For Health Reform.
Stimulus not a ' panacea ' for fiscal ills.
Shale gas welcome but it's not a panacea .
Task shifting should not be viewed as a panacea for the human-resources challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa.
Panacea ' cells revive ancient hopes.
Panacea or Pandora's Box.
From panacea to pandemonium .
But redundancy alone is not a panacea.
But this is no panacea.
The value-added tax has become the designated panacea for massive federal budget deficits.
But the energy boom is not a panacea for the climate –or US foreign policy.
Mexico's labor reform no panacea for denting the black market .
To be sure, innovation labs are not panaceas.
When the Disney deal was signed in 1999, the park was widely seen as a panacea for Hong Kong's struggling economy, at the time reeling from the Asian financial crisis.
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In science:

However, after Aharonov et. al. showed that Quantum 2-SAT on a line for particles with dimension d = 12 is QMA1 complete, it became clear that MPS methods are not a panacea for 1D systems, especially for spins with higher dimensions.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
We emphasize that these constructions are no panacea; in particular, they are unlikely to be of much use in 4-dimensional Yang-Mills theory, where one expects that only “smeared” Wilson loops will serve as physical observables .
Generalized Measures in Gauge Theory
However, the bootstrap is not a panacea for at least two reasons.
Smoothing-inspired lack-of-fit tests based on ranks
While not a panacea, it is within the computational reach of ABC practitioners and makes information loss due to inadequate use of statistics apparent, for both the parameter and model selection problems.
Considerate Approaches to Achieving Sufficiency for ABC model selection
As an issue of ranking metrics, problems arise: Is it simple to calculate? Dose it reflect the intrinsic value? Is it robust against manipulations? Since every indictor will have its own strengths and weaknesses, it is difficult to design a panacea-like metric that covers all aspects.
Quantifying the influence of scientists and their publications: Distinguish prestige from popularity
No one would claim that the Bayesian approach is a data analysis panacea, providing the best way to address all data analysis questions.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
Nonetheless, working with Kn or ˆKn instead of Cn or ˆCn respectively is not the panacea.
An overview of the goodness-of-fit test problem for copulas
Relaxing the prompt-response assumption, therefore, does not appear to be the panacea it might at first appear to be.
The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud
Although they are not the panacea for these type of problems, they are nevertheless recognized as a useful tool for approximating nonlinear functions.
Comparative performance of some popular ANN algorithms on benchmark and function approximation problems
Therefore, for arbitrary values of the parameters, the model at hand is nonunitary at the tree level, which clearly shows that the topological Chen-Simons term is not a panacea for 3DHDG’s unitarity problem.
Some interesting features of new massive gravity
Indeed our primary goal is to reason the usefulness of bounding circles as a numerical panacea for any geometrical problem related to IFS fractals.
Explicit Bounding Circles for IFS Fractals
Throughout our paper, we have emphasized the potential of bounding circles to resolve virtually any problem in the plane numerically, thus being a “panacea”.
Explicit Bounding Circles for IFS Fractals
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