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Sedative definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SEDATIVE, a. [L. sedo, to calm.] In medicine, moderating muscular action or animal energy.
SED'ATIVE, n. A midicine that moderates muscular action or animal energy. Se defendendo, in defending himself; the plea of a person charged with murder, who alledges that he committed the act in his own defense.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: tending to soothe or tranquilize; "valium has a tranquilizing effect"; "took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed" [syn: ataractic, ataraxic, sedative, tranquilizing, tranquillizing, tranquilising, tranquillising] n
1: a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person [syn: sedative, sedative drug, depressant, downer]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, alleviating pain, from Middle French sedatif, from Medieval Latin sedativus, from Latin sedatus Date: 1779 tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize nervousness or excitement II. noun Date: 1797 a sedative agent or drug

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. a drug, influence, etc., that tends to calm or soothe. --adj. calming, soothing; inducing sleep. Etymology: ME f. OF sedatif or med.L sedativus (as SEDATE(1))

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sedative Sed"a*tive, a. [Cf. F. s['e]datif.] Tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize; specifically (Med.), allaying irritability and irritation; assuaging pain.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sedative Sed"a*tive, n. (Med.) A remedy which allays irritability and irritation, and irritative activity or pain.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(sedatives) 1. A sedative is a medicine or drug that calms you or makes you sleep. They use opium as a sedative, rather than as a narcotic. N-COUNT 2. Something that has a sedative effect calms you or makes you sleep. Amber bath oil has a sedative effect. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Soothing, tranquillizing, allaying, composing, anodyne, calming, assuasive, assuaging, lenient, lenitive, demulcent, balmy. II. n. Opiate, anodyne, narcotic, anaesthetic, hypnotic.

Moby Thesaurus

Mickey Finn, allaying, anodyne, balm, barbiturate, calmant, calmative, calming, depressant, depressing, downer, hypnotic, lenitive, narcotic, opiate, pacifier, relaxing, sleep-inducing, sleeping, sleeping pill, soothing, soporific, tranquilizer

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