sedative

adjective
sed·​a·​tive | \ ˈse-də-tiv How to pronounce sedative (audio) \

Definition of sedative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sedative

noun

Definition of sedative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sedative agent or drug

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Examples of sedative in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

The patient was given a powerful sedative.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

New light was shined on a Winter Park firefighter’s January death and the flawed system within the department that enabled him to overdose on sedative drugs, according to a report by WFTV. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "New details in Winter Park firefighter’s overdose death come to light: report," 13 Jan. 2019 This product contains another compound, CBN, which is thought to be the most sedative cannabinoid, but true scientific evidence is limited. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 The muddy-brown drink is made from the crushed roots of the kava plant and produces a mild sedative effect. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kavasutra Kava Bar serves its libations with a side of sexism and transphobia that has social media enraged," 10 July 2018 And when mixed with other drugs, particularly opioids or alcohol, the sedative effects can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Lena Dunham Says She's 6 Months Sober After Years of 'Misusing' Her Anti-Anxiety Medication," 30 Oct. 2018 But the flip side of swimming’s sedative virtues is that swimming is boring. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Swimming on Atomic and Cosmic Levels," 9 Aug. 2018 However, the board banned him from performing or supervising surgery that requires sedative anesthesia in an office. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte area doctor banned from surgeries with anesthesia after 'substandard' care," 11 June 2018 One of the vets leaned out with a dart gun to deliver a dose of M99, a sedative thousands of times stronger than morphine. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 Drugs, too, but the sedative effects of most anti-motion pharmaceuticals are incompatible with making your livelihood at sea. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Overcome Seasickness," 2 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alabama's lethal injection procedure requires three drugs to be injected into the inmate, with the first being the sedative midazolam. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Alabama death row inmate granted stay of execution by federal judge," 1 Feb. 2018 For the first time, Tennessee is planning to use midazolam as a sedative, the muscle-relaxer vecuronium bromide and then potassium chloride to stop the heart. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "Tennessee high court refuses to block looming execution," 6 Aug. 2018 The Orange County Register reported that the pills were a mix of sedatives and other medications. Brittny Mejia, The Seattle Times, "Birds recovering in California after drug overdose," 24 Dec. 2018 It was postponed in July after Alvogen, a pharmaceutical company that manufactures the sedative midazolam, sued the state of Nevada. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Tennessee plans called for use of midazolam as a sedative, the muscle-relaxer vecuronium bromide and then potassium chloride to stop the heart. Fox News, "Tennessee executes its first inmate in nearly a decade," 9 Aug. 2018 Indeed, sleep experts say alcohol, despite its reputation as a sedative, has a negative effect on sleep quality. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Dry January Effect," 1 Jan. 2019 According to research by the American Chemical Society, drinking a cup of Chamomile tea is associated with an increase in the body's production of a chemical called glycine, which relaxes the nerves and acts as a mild sedative. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "9 Life-Changing Hacks to Help You Fall Asleep Faster," 16 Feb. 2016 Like many performers at the time, Elvis was a heavy user of a number of prescription medications including opiates, barbiturates, and sedatives. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mysteries of Elvis Presley's Death," 16 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of sedative

Adjective

1779, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sedative

Adjective

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

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sedative

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sedative

: a drug that calms or relaxes someone

sedative

noun
sed·​a·​tive | \ ˈse-də-tiv How to pronounce sedative (audio) \

Kids Definition of sedative

: a medicine that calms or relaxes someone

sedative

adjective
sed·​a·​tive | \ ˈsed-ət-iv How to pronounce sedative (audio) \

Medical Definition of sedative

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

sedative

noun

Medical Definition of sedative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sedative agent or drug

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