tranquilizer

noun
tran·​quil·​iz·​er | \ˈtraŋ-kwə-ˌlī-zər, 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

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 The deer was liberated in Purcell’s side yard after falling asleep from the tranquilizer. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Deer in distress from peanut butter jar is freed, Placer resident says," 12 July 2018 In an indictment unsealed on Friday, authorities allege that Ryan Farace operated the business for nearly five years, taking payment in the digital currency Bitcoin and shipping the tranquilizer out through the Postal Service. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County man accused in $30 million dark web pain pill scheme," 23 June 2018 Instead she was drugged with the tranquilizer ketamine, handcuffed and zipped into a bag before being driven in the trunk of a car to a farmhouse outside Turin, more than 100 miles away. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Model Was Lured to Italy, Drugged and Then Held for Ransom for Days by 'Psychopath'," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of tranquilizer

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of tranquilizer 

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

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