Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Medical Dictionary

1

sedative

play
adjective sed·a·tive \ˈsed-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of sedative

  1. :  tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize nervousness or excitement <sedative effects of anesthetics and analgesics—Linda C. Haynes et al>




2

sedative

noun sed·a·tive

Medical Definition of sedative

  1. :  a sedative agent or drug





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sedative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift duvet pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ