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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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sedativeadjective

    tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize

    Etymology: [Cf. F. sdatif.]

  2. Sedativeadjective

    allaying irritability and irritation; assuaging pain

    Etymology: [Cf. F. sdatif.]

  3. Sedativenoun

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

    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. 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.

  2. 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.'.

  3. 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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