AskDefine | Define alleviation

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1 the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief" [syn: relief, assuagement]
2 the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain" [syn: easing, easement, relief]

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  • /əˌliːviˈeɪʃən/, /@%li:vi"eIS@n/
    Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn


  1. the act of alleviating; relief or mitigation
  2. the act of reducing pain or anything else unpleasant; easement

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