What does sedative mean?

Definitions for sedativeˈsɛd ə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sedative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sedative, sedative drug, depressant, downer(adj)

    a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

  2. ataractic, ataraxic, sedative, tranquilizing, tranquillizing, tranquilising, tranquillising(adj)

    tending to soothe or tranquilize

    "valium has a tranquilizing effect"; "took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed"


  1. sedative(Noun)

    An agent or drug that sedates, having a calming or soothing effect, or inducing sleep.

  2. sedative(Adjective)

    Calming, soothing, inducing sleep, tranquilizing

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sedative(adj)

    tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize

  2. Sedative(adj)

    allaying irritability and irritation; assuaging pain

  3. Sedative(noun)

    a remedy which allays irritability and irritation, and irritative activity or pain

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. sdatif.]


  1. Sedative

    A sedative or tranquilizer is a substance that induces sedation by reducing irritability or excitement. At higher doses it may result in slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes. Doses of sedatives such as benzodiazepines, when used as a hypnotic to induce sleep, tend to be higher than amounts used to relieve anxiety, whereas only low doses are needed to provide a peaceful and calming sedative effect. Sedatives can be misused to produce an overly-calming effect. In the event of an overdose or if combined with another sedative, many of these drugs can cause unconsciousness and even death.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sedative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emma Ulker:

    The use of a safer and more controllable sedative, such as remimazolam, could result in overall lower costs per procedure.

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