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pal·li·a·tive  audio  (pl-tv, ---tv) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Tending or serving to palliate.
  2. Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure.
NOUN:
One that palliates, especially a palliative drug or medicine.


OTHER FORMS:
palli·ative·ly(Adverb)


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