depressant

noun
de·​pres·​sant | \ di-ˈpre-sᵊnt How to pronounce depressant (audio) , dē- \

Definition of depressant

: one that depresses specifically : an agent that reduces a bodily functional activity or an instinctive desire (such as appetite)

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Other Words from depressant

depressant adjective

Examples of depressant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jones said he was guided by CDC guidance that a depressant, such as marijuana, should not be used to treat depression. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama House passes medical marijuana bill," 6 May 2021 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "He’s a great dad, but a bad drinker," 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "He’s a great dad, but a bad drinker," 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "He’s a great dad, but a bad drinker," 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "He’s a great dad, but a bad drinker," 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "He’s a great dad, but a bad drinker," 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "He’s a great dad, but a bad drinker," 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "He’s a great dad, but a bad drinker," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of depressant

1876, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Depressant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depressant. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for depressant

depressant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of depressant

: a chemical substance (such as a drug) that makes a body's systems less active

depressant

noun
de·​pres·​sant | \ di-ˈpre-sᵊnt How to pronounce depressant (audio) \

Kids Definition of depressant

: a drug that slows the activity of the nervous system

depressant

adjective
de·​pres·​sant | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce depressant (audio) \

Medical Definition of depressant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending to depress especially : lowering or tending to lower functional or vital activity a drug with a depressant effect on heart rate

depressant

noun

Medical Definition of depressant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that depresses specifically : an agent that reduces bodily functional activity or an instinctive desire (as appetite) a depressant of intestinal spasm

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