Narcotic definition

när-kŏtĭk
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The definition of a narcotic is an addictive drug or medication that has a soothing, mind dulling, mood-altering effect and may not have any medical purpose.

Cocaine is an example of a narcotic.

Coca leaves, poppies, and marijuana plants are examples of narcotics.

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A soothing, numbing agent or thing.
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A drug, such as morphine or heroin, that is derived from opium or an opiumlike compound, relieves pain, often induces sleep, can alter consciousness, and is potentially addictive.
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A controlled substance.
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Inducing sleep or stupor; causing narcosis.
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Of or relating to narcotics, their effects, or their use.
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Of, relating to, or intended for one addicted to a narcotic.
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Anything that has a soothing, lulling, or dulling effect.
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A drug, as opium or any of its derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine, etc.), used to relieve pain and induce sleep: narcotics are often addictive and in excessive doses can cause stupor, coma, or death.
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(loosely) Any illicit drug, as LSD or marijuana.
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Of, like, or capable of producing narcosis.
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A drug, such as morphine or heroin, that is derived from opium or an opiumlike compound, relieves pain, often induces sleep, can alter consciousness, and is potentially addictive.
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A controlled substance.
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Inducing sleep or stupor; causing narcosis.
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Of or relating to narcotics, their effects, or their use.
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Of, relating to, or intended for one addicted to a narcotic.
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Any of a group of highly addictive analgesic drugs derived from opium or opiumlike compounds. Narcotics can cause drowsiness and significant alterations of mood and behavior.
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A drug that, by law, is illegal or designated a controlled substance.
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Any class of substances or drugs, that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behaviour.
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Any type of numbing drug.
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Certain illegal drugs.
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Of, or relating to narcotics.
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Inducing sleep; causing narcosis.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
narcotic
Plural:
narcotics

Origin of narcotic

  • Middle English narcotik from Old French narcotique from Medieval Latin narcōticum from Greek narkōtikon from neuter of narkōtikos numbing from narkōsis a numbing narcosis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French narcotique, from Medieval Latin narcoticum, from Ancient Greek ναρκόω (narkóō, “Ι benumb"), from νάρκη (narkÄ“, “numbness, torpor").

    From Wiktionary