depressant[dē pres′ənt, di-]
- The definition of a depressant is a substance that reduces functional or nervous activity, or something that hinders economics or other activity.
- Alcohol is an example of adepressant.
- An income tax increase is an example of adepressant.
lowering the rate of muscular or nervous activity
Origin of depressantdepress + -ant
a depressant medicine, drug, etc.; sedative
Tending to lower the rate of vital physiological activities.
An agent, especially a drug, that decreases the rate of vital physiological activities.
(countable and uncountable, plural depressants)
(comparative more depressant, superlative most depressant)
- Acting as a depressant.
depress + -ant