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Definition of palliative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    palliative

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈpæliət̮ɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1(medical) a medicine or medical treatment that reduces pain without curing its cause Aromatherapy can be used as a palliative.
  2. 2(formal) (usually disapproving) an action, a decision, etc. that is designed to make a difficult situation seem better without actually solving the cause of the problems Grants by themselves provide little more than a temporary palliative to ailing industries.
palliative adjective [usually before noun]
 
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palliative treatment short-term palliative measures