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Noun: alleviation  u,lee-vee'ey-shun
  1. The feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
    "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with alleviation";
    - relief, assuagement
  2. The act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
    "he asked the nurse for alleviation from the constant pain";
    - easing, easement, relief

Derived forms: alleviations

Type of: comfort, decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down