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

Linalool for one, changes the way our neurotransmitters react to cannabinoids, creating anxiolytic and sedative sensations. Mike Adams, chicagotribune.com, "Why are cannabis terpenes so very important?," 19 Aug. 2019 So did tighter restrictions on sedative prescriptions in Australia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Greg Miller, Science | AAAS, "Three suicide prevention strategies show real promise. How can they reach more people?," 22 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Palm fronds and lily pads — nature’s sedative — are all over the place. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "I invited Mary Ann to a Gilligan-themed tiki party — and she showed up," 22 Aug. 2019 When Brown refused, hospital staff strapped him down, administered a sedative to him, and performed the anoscopy, the opinion said. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "State Supreme Court rules against forced body cavity search," 15 Aug. 2019 Reeves sold prescription painkillers, stimulants and sedatives on a darkweb marketplace known as Wall Street Market, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Irvine man who sold drugs over the darknet sentenced to 10 years in prison," 11 June 2019 Nearly a decade ago, drugmakers in the United States and Europe stopped selling the sedatives that prison officials had long used to render inmates unconscious before executing them. Katie Benner, New York Times, "U.S. to Resume Executions of Federal Inmates on Death Row," 25 July 2019 Many websites advise against vacationing with your feline, and those that do recommend sedatives. Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "What happened when we took our cats on a beach vacation," 8 Aug. 2019 Diphenhydramine and Zolpidem are the generic names of Benadryl and Ambien, respectively, while temazepam is a sedative sold under the name Restoril. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Missy Shorey, first woman elected to lead Dallas County GOP, died from accidental mix of alcohol, sleeping aids," 2 Aug. 2019 Paramedics are seen administering a sedative and transferring him onto a gurney and into an ambulance. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Disturbing video shows Dallas officers joking as they restrain man who died," 31 July 2019 In July 2014, Arizona officials performed a lethal injection on Joseph Wood with the sedative midazolam and hydromorphone, a potent narcotic. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 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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