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

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 Several Oklahoma death row inmates with pending execution dates have sought to delay their executions after John Grant convulsed on the gurney and vomited after receiving the first dose of midazolam, a sedative, during his October execution. Fox News, 28 Jan. 2022 In these films, mood is not subservient to message: The mood is the message, working to disperse the sedative haze of the everyday. New York Times, 14 June 2022 The state's lethal injection protocol uses a combination of the drugs midazolam as a sedative, vecuronium bromide as a paralytic, and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Andy Rose And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 June 2022 Caffeine can reduce the sedative effects of alcohol; this may allow someone to drink for longer periods of time. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, 9 Nov. 2010 Murphey was prescribed Versed, a sedative, but Vaught inadvertently gave her a fatal dose of vecuronium, a powerful paralyzer. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 13 May 2022 In the days before Dixon's death, the method of lethal injection was questioned by his lawyers, who said that a batch of the sedative sodium pentobarbital mixed in February had expired and that its use would violate Arizona's execution rules. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 11 May 2022 But the Nevada Department of Corrections supply of the sedative ketamine expired Feb. 28, and Randall Gilmer, chief deputy state attorney general, said prison officials have been unable to get more. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 He was placed in a chokehold and paramedics injected him with the powerful sedative ketamine. Amy Forliti, chicagotribune.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tennessee uses a three-drug series to put inmates to death: midazolam, a sedative to render the inmate unconscious; vecuronium bromide, to paralyze the inmate; and potassium chloride, to stop the heart. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Tennessee uses a three-drug series to put inmates to death: midazolam, a sedative to render the inmate unconscious; vecuronium bromide, to paralyze the inmate; and potassium chloride, to stop the heart. CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 Ripley received a mild sedative prior to the procedure, the station reported. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 22 Apr. 2022 Tennessee uses a three-drug series to put inmates to death: midazolam, a sedative to render the inmate unconscious; vecuronium bromide, to paralyze the inmate; and potassium chloride, to stop the heart. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Tennessee uses a three-drug series to put inmates to death: midazolam, a sedative to render the inmate unconscious; vecuronium bromide, to paralyze the inmate; and potassium chloride, to stop the heart. CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 But prescription pills, even nonopioid pills such as Ativan, a sedative, and Adderall, a stimulant – popular among younger recreational drug users – are a threat. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2022 Still, the woody herb has been used for centuries as a mild sedative and there have been several studies that suggest it can be used to help ease anxiety. Glamour, 2 June 2022 Attorneys for the state rejected that argument and maintained that a 500-milligram dose of the sedative was more than enough to ensure that inmates are unable to feel pain. Sean Murphy, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2022 See More

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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
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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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