• WordNet 3.6
    • adj palliative moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
    • n palliative remedy that alleviates pain without curing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Palliative Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate, mitigate, or alleviate.
    • n Palliative That which palliates; a palliative agent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • palliative Palliating; extenuating; serving to extenuate by excuses or favorable representation.
    • palliative Mitigating or alleviating, as pain or disease.
    • n palliative That which extenuates: as, a palliative of guilt.
    • n palliative That which mitigates, alleviates, or abates, as the violence of pain, disease, or other evil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Palliative serving to extenuate: mitigating
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  • Peter De Vries
    “Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff -- it is a palliative rather than a remedy.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. palliatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. palliāre, -ātum, to cloak—pallium, a cloak.


In literature:

A man who loves France for being military will palliate the army of 1870.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
When they become so, it will remain to look about for the best palliative this monopoly can bear.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
At the same time it is not desired to palliate their real defects.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
They are no excuse; not the slightest palliation.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
But pirates such as Edward Low showed not one palliating feature in their infamous characters.
"Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts" by Frank Richard Stockton
Even her kindness could not palliate it.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I considered the case proved, and asked Brother Pogram what palliation he hed to offer.
"“Swingin Round the Cirkle.”" by Petroleum V. Nasby
What further palliation can we find?
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
When, in spite of palliative treatment, the affection persists or relapses, it is best to excise the bursa.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
There was no disposition within her to sue for mercy, nor did she purpose denying or palliating her having taken the money.
"The Trials of the Soldier's Wife" by Alex St. Clair Abrams

In poetry:

She speaks; 'tis Eloquence—that grace of Tongue
So rare, so lovely!—Never misapplied
By her to palliate Vice, or deck a Wrong,
She speaks and reasons but on Virtue's side.
"To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died Dec: 16 -- My Birthday." by Jane Austen
Did passion warp my heart and head
To madness? And, if so,
Can madness palliate bloodshed? —
It may be — I shall know
When God shall gather up the dead
From where the four winds blow.
"The Three Friends" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
And yet behind the horizon smile serene
The down, the cornland, and the stretching green—
Space—the child's heaven: scenes which at least ensure
Some palliative for ill they cannot cure.
"Lines" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care is making the move to its own building this week, and will be open for business Monday at 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St.
In the short run, we may muddle through by using some costly financial palliatives.
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas operates a level-one trauma center, a violence intervention program, a palliative care department--and a McDonald's.
On behalf of High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc and the patients and families we serve, we want to thank you for publishing the press release for our Oct 18 semi-annual memorial service.
GREATER AKRON — Members of the MOMS Club — Hudson, Richfield, Peninsula and Streetsboro recently participated in a service project benefitting The Haslinger Palliative Care Center of Akron Children's Hospital.
Broken-hearted mother finds comfort in new children's palliative care team.
Johnson Granite, Inc. Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care.
A Season of Trees event raised money for Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care.
Palliative and Supportive Care.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Hospice and Palliative Care, a center designed for people with serious illnesses, is on their way to graduating to the second level of their program.
Volunteers needed at Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango.
Hospice & Palliative Care presents volunteer information.
Stow resident promotes hospice, palliative care nationwide.
Palliative care is not hospice.
I told her to look into palliative care, but she insists that's for patients who have given up.

In science:

Gap analysis: Undiscovered information security gaps are able to be distinguished and palliated by integrating both electronic and physical information components .
Grid Information Security Functional Requirement - Fulfilling Information Security of a Smart Grid System
Amplitude adjustment was designed as a palliative measure to 2 Subsequent reference to IN as the “nonlinear metric”, even though it more accurately describes non-Gaussianity, provides an expressive shorthand.
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
In order to palliate this problem we have recourse to two classical tools which we adapt to the spherical setting: first a studentization argument, which leads to so-called pseudo-Fisher-von Mises-Langevin (pseudo-FvML) tests, and second the invariance principle, yielding optimal rank-based tests.
Efficient ANOVA for directional data