Definition of palliative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpæliətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæliətɪv//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1(medical) (of a medicine or medical treatment) reducing pain without curing its cause palliative treatment
  2. 2(formal, usually disapproving) (of an action, a decision, etc.) designed to make a difficult situation seem better without actually solving the cause of the problems short-term palliative measures

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