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 One deputy bore down on Mr. Juarez with a forearm against the base of his neck, and others put weight on him as he was given a dose of Versed, a sedative, by paramedics. New York Times, 25 Sep. 2021 In cities such as Aurora, Colorado, Elijah McClain's death two years ago prompted new state laws addressing chokeholds and the use of the powerful sedative ketamine to prevent unnecessary deaths and increase accountability for law enforcement. Emma Tucker, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 At higher doses, kratom acts as a sedative and pain reliever. Mason Marks, STAT, 26 Aug. 2021 Paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec then injected McClain with the sedative ketamine — far too much for his body weight, the indictment says — without checking his vital signs, clearing his airway, or attempting to talk to him. Beth Schwartzapfel And Cary Aspinwall, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 McClain’s death helped inspire a sweeping police accountability law in Colorado, a ban on chokeholds and restrictions on the use of the sedative ketamine, both of which the indictment alleges contributed to his death. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 McClain's death helped inspire a police accountability law in Colorado, a ban on chokeholds and restrictions on the use of the sedative ketamine, both of which the indictment alleges contributed to his death. Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2021 Colorado’s attorney general said Wednesday that a grand jury indicted three officers and two paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man who was put in a chokehold and injected with a powerful sedative two years ago in suburban Denver. Fox News, 1 Sep. 2021 Colorado’s attorney general said Wednesday that a grand jury indicted three officers and two paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man who was put in a chokehold and injected with a powerful sedative two years ago in suburban Denver. Colleen Slevin, chicagotribune.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Five years after the incident, two of the medics, Curtis Burnley and James Flores, the one who injected Timpa with the sedative, were disciplined by a state board. Beth Schwartzapfel And Cary Aspinwall, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Injecting his clients with a sedative before setting them afloat in the tank, Nick calms them further with the dulcet susurrations of a professional hypnotist. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 McClain, a 23-year-old Black man, was killed after being put into a chokehold and injected with a sedative by police in August 2019. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 State records show the paramedics were found to have failed to intervene, didn’t immediately report to supervisors about giving Timpa a sedative as he was being held down, and falsified his patient care report. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 The home’s doctor wanted him on an antipsychotic medication called Haldol, a powerful sedative. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 The indictment comes two years after McClain was put into a chokehold and injected with a powerful sedative. CBS News, 2 Sep. 2021 Paramedics arrived at the scene and injected McClain with ketamine, a powerful sedative. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Responding paramedics injected him with a powerful sedative, and McClain went into cardiac arrest en route to the hospital. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of sedative was in 1779

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“Sedative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedative. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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