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sedative

adjective sed·a·tive \ ˈse-də-tiv \
|Updated on: 2 Aug 2018

Definition of sedative

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

Examples of sedative in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of sedative

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


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sedative

noun

Definition of sedative

: a sedative agent or drug

Examples of sedative in a Sentence

  1. The patient was given a powerful sedative.

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First Known Use of sedative

1797

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SEDATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

sedative

Definition of sedative for English Language Learners

  • : a drug that calms or relaxes someone


SEDATIVE Defined for Kids

sedative

noun sed·a·tive \ ˈse-də-tiv \

Definition of sedative for Students

: a medicine that calms or relaxes someone

Medical Dictionary

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sedative

adjective sed·a·tive \ ˈsed-ət-iv \

medical Definition of sedative

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

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sedative

noun

medical Definition of sedative

: a sedative agent or drug


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