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sedative

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adjective sed·a·tive \ˈse-də-tiv\

Definition of sedative

  1. :  tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize nervousness or excitement



Examples of sedative in a sentence

  1. <some people find a glass of wine to be a civilized and sedative addition to an evening meal>



Origin of sedative

Middle English, alleviating pain, from Middle French sedatif, from Medieval Latin sedativus, from Latin sedatus


First Known Use: 1779


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sedative

noun sed·a·tive

Simple Definition of sedative

  • : a drug that calms or relaxes someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sedative

  1. :  a sedative agent or drug

Examples of sedative in a sentence

  1. The patient was given a powerful sedative.



1797

First Known Use of sedative

1797


SEDATIVE Defined for Kids

sedative

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noun sed·a·tive \ˈse-də-tiv\

Definition of sedative for Students

  1. :  a medicine that calms or relaxes someone





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