tranquilizer

noun
tran·​quil·​iz·​er | \ ˈtraŋ-kwə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce tranquilizer (audio) , ˈtran-\
variants: or less commonly tranquillizer

Definition of tranquilizer

1 : a drug used to reduce mental disturbance (such as anxiety and tension) — compare antipsychotic
2 : one that tranquilizes

Examples of tranquilizer in a Sentence

a patient who is on tranquilizers

Recent Examples on the Web

City police ended his 20-minute freedom run with lassos and tranquilizers. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Escape From New York: Slaughterhouse Refugees Have a Country Place," 1 Oct. 2018 On Monday, a black bear that had a Midland neighborhood on edge finally was captured in a garage after being shot with tranquilizers six times. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Bear wanders into Grand Rapids neighborhood, is treed," 3 May 2018 As the takin did a full loop around the zoo, a recapture team with tranquilizers, and rifles for back-up, chased the animal until he was sedated, Nahabedian said. BostonGlobe.com, "Workers hurt as 800-pound animal busts out of enclosure in Rhode Island zoo," 15 May 2018 Realistically, the proverbial conflict of horse tranquilizers versus fresh produce can happen in any relationship, regardless of age. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Why Dating Someone Older Isn’t Always Such a Bad Idea," 17 Aug. 2018 In 2013, Gaus agreed to a reprimand, a $20,000 fine, a permanent ban from practicing in a pain management clinic, and a permanent ban from prescribing certain opioids drugs as well as a type of tranquilizer known as benzodiazepines. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 200 doctors stay on Medicare rolls despite disciplinary actions," 17 May 2018 The killing involved restraining the journalist and injecting him with a tranquilizer that led to his death by overdose, the office said. Ian Talley, WSJ, "Saudis to Seek Death Penalty in Khashoggi Killing," 15 Nov. 2018 Wilson said because servals like Juno are very fast, the best way to catch him would be using a tranquilizer. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Woman searching for African serval missing in Pelham," 1 May 2018 Drugs prescribed for bipolar disorder include antidepressants, mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics (also known as tranquilizers). Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Mariah Carey and bipolar disorder: What is it and how is it treated?," 11 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tranquilizer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tranquilizer

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tranquilizer

Dictionary Entries near tranquilizer

tranquil

tranquility

tranquilize

tranquilizer

tranquillo

trans

trans-

Statistics for tranquilizer

Last Updated

15 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tranquilizer

The first known use of tranquilizer was in 1800

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tranquilizer

tranquilizer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tranquilizer

: a drug that causes a person or animal to become very relaxed and calm

tranquilizer

noun
tran·​quil·​iz·​er | \ ˈtraŋ-kwə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce tranquilizer (audio) \

Kids Definition of tranquilizer

: a drug used to make someone calm and relaxed

tranquilizer

noun
tran·​quil·​iz·​er
variants: or chiefly British tranquillizer or tranquilliser \ -​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce tranquilliser (audio) \

Medical Definition of tranquilizer

: a drug used to reduce mental disturbance (as anxiety and tension) — see antipsychotic

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on tranquilizer

What made you want to look up tranquilizer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!