Sedative meaning

sĕdə-tĭv
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An agent or a drug having a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect.
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Having a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect; reducing or relieving anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement.
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Tending to soothe or quiet.
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Having the property of lessening excitement, nervousness, or irritation.
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A sedative medicine.
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Having a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect; reducing or relieving anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement.
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An agent or a drug having a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect.
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A drug having a calming or quieting effect, often given to reduce anxiety or to promote relaxation.
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An agent or drug that sedates, having a calming or soothing effect, or inducing sleep.
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Calming, soothing, inducing sleep, tranquilizing.
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Origin of sedative

  • Middle English from Old French sedatif from Medieval Latin sēdātīvus from Latin sēdātus past participle of sēdāre to calm sedate1

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