What does the word palliative mean?

Usage examples for palliative

  1. In advanced cases, it is only possible to relieve the patient's suffering by palliative measures. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  2. Then, on the whole, competition was not a palliative of the profit system? – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  3. If you will allow me to watch the case, he resumed, under the superintendence of my respected colleague, I shall be happy to submit to approval any palliative treatment which may occur to me. – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins