What does hypnotic mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soporific, hypnotic(adj)

    a drug that induces sleep

  2. hypnotic(adj)

    of or relating to hypnosis

  3. hypnotic, mesmeric, mesmerizing, spellbinding(adj)

    attracting and holding interest as if by a spell

    "read the bedtime story in a hypnotic voice"; "she had a warm mesmeric charm"; "the sheer force of his presence was mesmerizing"; "a spellbinding description of life in ancient Rome"


  1. hypnotic(Noun)

    A person who is, or can be, hypnotized.

  2. hypnotic(Noun)

    A soporific substance.

  3. hypnotic(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.

  4. hypnotic(Adjective)

    Inducing sleep; soporific.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypnotic(adj)

    having the quality of producing sleep; tending to produce sleep; soporific

  2. Hypnotic(adj)

    of or pertaining to hypnotism; in a state of hypnotism; liable to hypnotism; as, a hypnotic condition

  3. Hypnotic(noun)

    any agent that produces, or tends to produce, sleep; an opiate; a soporific; a narcotic

  4. Hypnotic(noun)

    a person who exhibits the phenomena of, or is subject to, hypnotism

  5. Origin: [Gr. inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, fr. to lull to sleep, fr. sleep; akin to L. somnus, and E. somnolent: cf. F. hypnotique.]


  1. Hypnotic

    Hypnotic drugs are a class of psychoactives whose primary function is to induce sleep and to be used in the treatment of insomnia, and in surgical anesthesia. When used in anesthesia to produce and maintain unconsciousness, "sleep" is metaphorical as there are no regular sleep stages or cyclical natural states; patients rarely recover from anesthesia feeling refreshed and with renewed energy. Because drugs in this class generally produce dose-dependent effects, ranging from anxiolysis to production of unconsciousness, they are often referred to collectively as sedative-hypnotic drugs. Hypnotic drugs are regularly prescribed for insomnia and other sleep disorders, with over 95% of insomnia patients being prescribed hypnotics in some countries. Many hypnotic drugs are habit-forming and, due to a large number of factors known to disturb the human sleep pattern, a physician may instead recommend alternative sleeping patterns, sleep hygiene, and exercise, before prescribing medication for sleep. Hypnotic medication when prescribed should be used for the shortest period of time possible. The benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic medications also have a number of side effects such as daytime fatigue, and cognitive impairments. In children, prescribing hypnotics is not yet acceptable unless if used to treat night terrors or somnambulism. Elderly people are more sensitive to these side effects and a meta analysis found that the risks generally outweigh any marginal benefits of hypnotics in the elderly. A review of the literature regarding benzodiazepine hypnotic and Z drugs concluded that these drugs caused an unjustifiable risk to the individual and to public health, and lack evidence of long-term effectiveness due to tolerance. The risks include dependence, accidents, and other adverse effects. Gradual discontinuation of hypnotics leads to improved health without worsening of sleep. Preferably they should be prescribed for only a few days at the lowest effective dose, and avoided altogether wherever possible in the elderly.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypnotic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypnotic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vernon Howard:

    We must become acquainted with our emotional household: we must see our feelings as they actually are, not as we assume they are. This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.

  2. Dianne Augelli:

    Estrogen works on several different neurotransmitter pathways that may have an impact on the regulation of sleep, and progesterone can have a hypnotic property, fluctuations in these hormones may have an effect on the circadian rhythm.

  3. Shalini Paruthi:

    No medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric insomnia, it would be great if there was an effective, non-harmful, non-addictive, rigorously tested sleep medication for children, however currently no ideal hypnotic medication exists for children.

  4. Aldous Huxley:

    Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    There is a commonality between Beauty, Fame and Power. They all are fickle, and often described as faithless, flighty and frivolous. They are warm and gentle, when they enable you to soar high. They are cold and brutal, when they drop you from the greatest heights without any warning. They often trip you up when you are least expecting it. Fools get mesmerized by their magic, while Wise manage them smartly by keeping their feet firmly on the ground. Be Wise, and never get swayed by the hypnotic charms of Beauty, Fame and Power.

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