What does sedative mean?

Definitions for sedative
ˈsɛd ə tɪvseda·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sedative, sedative drug, depressant, downeradjective

    a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

  2. ataractic, ataraxic, sedative, tranquilizing, tranquillizing, tranquilising, tranquillisingadjective

    tending to soothe or tranquilize

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


  1. sedativenoun

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

  2. sedativeadjective

    Calming, soothing, inducing sleep, tranquilizing


  1. Sedative

    A sedative or tranquilliser is a substance that induces sedation by reducing irritability or excitement. They are CNS depressants and interact with brain activity causing its deceleration. Various kinds of sedatives can be distinguished, but the majority of them affect the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In spite of the fact that each sedative acts in its own way, most produce relaxing effects by increasing GABA activity.This group is related to hypnotics. The term sedative describes drugs that serve to calm or relieve anxiety, whereas the term hypnotic describes drugs whose main purpose is to initiate, sustain, or lengthen sleep. Because these two functions frequently overlap, and because drugs in this class generally produce dose-dependent effects (ranging from anxiolysis to loss of consciousness) they are often referred to collectively as sedative-hypnotic drugs.Sedatives can be used to produce an overly-calming effect (alcohol being the most common sedating drug). In the event of an overdose or if combined with another sedative, many of these drugs can cause deep unconsciousness and even death.


  1. sedative

    A sedative is a substance or drug that reduces excitement or irritability and induces calmness, relaxation or sleep. It can affect the central nervous system to suppress or slow down certain functions. Sedatives are commonly used in medical procedures or treatments that cause anxiety, sleep disorders, and certain forms of pain and mental stress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sedativeadjective

    tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize

  2. Sedativeadjective

    allaying irritability and irritation; assuaging pain

  3. Sedativenoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of sedative in a Sentence

  1. Emma Ulker:

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

  2. Wendy Troxel:

    It is a sedative, sedation is not sleep.

  3. Guillermo Wiemeyer:

    What we are hoping is that she will enter the box of her own accord because she won't travel under anesthesia or any type of sedative.

  4. Kaleigh McMordie:

    Chamomile tea has been used in traditional medicine to treat many ailments, including insomnia. Chamomile contains the flavonoid apigenin, a compound that binds to the benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, creating a sedative effect.

  5. Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist Christian Boone:

    Scotty Garnell Morrow was very composed. Scotty Garnell Morrow had not taken a sedative before. Scotty Garnell Morrow was very contrite, scotty Garnell Morrow asked for the forgiveness from the Woods family and the Young family, thanked Scotty Garnell Morrow own family for their support -- and Scotty Garnell Morrow final words were,' I love you all, God bless.'.

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