anesthetics

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

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as in narcotics
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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“Anesthetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/anesthetics. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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