emollient (adj.) Look up emollient at Dictionary.com
1640s, from French émollient (16c.), from Latin emollientem (nominative emolliens), present participle of emollire "to make soft, soften," from assimilated form of ex "out" (see ex-) + mollire "soften," from mollis "soft," from PIE root *mel- (1) "soft" (see mild). The noun is recorded from 1650s.