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as in sedative
something (as a drug) that relieves pain the dentist waited until the anesthetic took effect

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as in narcotic
something that soothes, calms, or induces passivity or a sense of security he used total immersion in his job as an anesthetic for the empty shell that his marriage had become

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“Anesthetic.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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