how to pronounce palliative


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palliative is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of palliative in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… is based on a palliative care model that …”

meanings of palliative


  1. Serving to palliate; serving to extenuate or mitigate.
  2. Minimising the progression of a disease and relieving undesirable symptoms for as long as possible, rather than attempting to cure the (usually incurable) disease.


  1. Something that palliates, particularly a palliative medicine.

palliative frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word palliative occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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