Definition of lenitive:
- A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants.
- A mild purgative; a laxative.
- Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as pain or acrimony; assuasive; emollient.
- That which softens or mitigates; that which tends to allay passion, excitement, or pain; a palliative.
- "Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure", William Thomas Fernie.
Momentarily at times when, after reading certain books, his disgust for everyday life was accentuated, he longed for lenitive hours in a cloister, where the monotonous chant of prayers in an incense- laden atmosphere would bring on a somnolence, a dreamy rapture of mystical ideas.- "Là-bas", J. K. Huysmans.
The writer showed conclusively that such and such an unguent or soap often produced an effect exactly opposite to that intended, and the ointment, or the soap, acted as a tonic upon a skin that required a lenitive treatment, or vice versa.- "The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I", Various.