noun or adjective

calm·​ative ˈkä-mə-tiv How to pronounce calmative (audio)
 also  ˈkȯ(l)-,

Examples of calmative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The premium quality saffron from Afghanistan is new to the market, though it has been used for centuries as a culinary herb and is known for its calmative, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. Shayna Harris, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021

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Word History


calm entry 2 + -ative (as in sedative)

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calmative was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Calmative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


noun or adjective
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