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English definition of “palliative”

palliative

noun [C]     /ˈpæl.i.ə.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
specialized medical a drug or medical treatment that reduces pain without curing the cause of the pain Medicine in different forms formal something that makes a problem seem less serious but does not solve the problem or make it disappear : We want long-term solutions , not short-term palliatives.Solving and solutions palliative     adjective specialized palliative care Useful or advantageous
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