What does the word palliation mean?

Usage examples for palliation

  1. I repeat, that I by no means defend assassination; but in examining an act we must be careful to inquire whether some palliation of it may not be found in the motive by which it is prompted. – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  2. Treatment must therefore be directed towards the palliation of such conditions as are present, with the object of rendering the the animal better able to perform work. – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks
  3. If either is true it is a just cause for public dissatisfaction with the administration of criminal justice, and some palliation for the frequent resorts to Lynch law by the Southern people. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD