alleviation (n.) early 15c., from M.Fr. aleviacion or directly from M.L. alleviationem (nom. alleviatio), noun of action from pp. stem of alleviare (see ALLEVIATE (Cf. alleviate)).

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  • Alleviation — Al*le vi*a tion, n. [LL. alleviatio.] 1. The act of alleviating; a lightening of weight or severity; mitigation; relief. [1913 Webster] 2. That which mitigates, or makes more tolerable. [1913 Webster] I have not wanted such alleviations of life… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alleviation — index abatement (reduction), decrease, mitigation, moderation, mollification, relief (release), reme …   Law dictionary

  • alleviation — [ə lē΄vē ā′shən] n. 1. an alleviating or being alleviated 2. a thing that alleviates …   English World dictionary

  • alleviation — /euh lee vee ay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of alleviating. 2. something that alleviates or palliates. [1615 25; < ML alleviation (s. of alleviatio), equiv. to alleviat(us) (see ALLEVIATE) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • alleviation — alleviate ► VERB ▪ make (pain or difficulty) less severe. DERIVATIVES alleviation noun alleviator noun. ORIGIN Latin alleviare lighten …   English terms dictionary

  • alleviation — noun see alleviate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alleviation — noun /əˌliːviˈeɪʃən/ a) the act of alleviating; relief or mitigation b) the act of reducing pain or anything else unpleasant; easement …   Wiktionary

  • alleviation — Synonyms and related words: abatement, abridgment, allayment, analgesia, anesthesia, anesthetizing, appeasement, assuagement, attenuation, blunting, calming, contraction, dampening, damping, deadening, decrease, decrement, decrescence, deduction …   Moby Thesaurus

  • alleviation — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Freedom, especially from pain: assuagement, ease, mitigation, palliation, relief. See INCREASE …   English dictionary for students

  • alleviation — al·le·vi·a·tion || ə‚liːvɪ eɪʃn n. soothing, relief; easing, lessening …   English contemporary dictionary

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