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Verb: palliate  'pa-lee,eyt
  1. (law) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
    "The circumstances palliate the crime";
    - extenuate, mitigate
  2. Provide physical relief, as from pain
    "This pill will palliate your headaches";
    - relieve, alleviate, assuage

Derived forms: palliates, palliated, palliating

Type of: ameliorate, amend, apologise [Brit], apologize, better, excuse, improve, meliorate, mend, rationalise [Brit], rationalize