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)

Other Words from depressant

depressant adjective

Examples of depressant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only closed economy is the world economy, and that which extinguishes the human life without which there is no economy is always an economic depressant. John Tamny, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 But gridlock in Congress has acted as a depressant for Democratic voters and activists. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 Massive supplies of cheap P2P meth had created demand for a stimulant out of a market for a depressant. Sam Quinones, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021 Lidocaine is a depressant, which can normalize an irregular heartbeat or cause hypotension, which is low blood pressure. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, 2 June 2021 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, 6 May 2021 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, alcohol is a depressant, which will make everything worse for him. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of depressant

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Depressant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depressant. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for depressant

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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