Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com an agent or drug that produces sleep; sedative. a person who is susceptible to hypnosis. a person under the influence of hypnotism. Origin of hypnotic 1680–90;
Late Latin hypnōticus
sleep-inducing, narcotic, equivalent to
(variant stem of
to put to sleep; see
-tikos -tic Related forms hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb an·ti·hyp·not·ic, adjective, noun an·ti·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb non·hyp·not·ic, adjective, noun non·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb pre·hyp·not·ic, adjective un·hyp·not·ic, adjective un·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-hypnotic of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep (of a person) susceptible to hypnotism a drug or agent that induces sleep a person susceptible to hypnosis Derived Forms hypnotically, adverb Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin
hypnōticus, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun to put to sleep, from hupnos sleep
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Word Origin and History for anti-hypnotic hypnotic adj.
1620s, "inducing sleep," originally used of drugs, from French
hypnotique (16c.) "inclined to sleep, soporific," from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Greek hypnotikos "inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy," from hypnoun "put to sleep," from hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence). Modern sense of "pertaining to an induced trance" first recorded in English 1843, along with hypnotist, hypnotize, both coined by Dr. James Braid. Related: Hypnotical; hypnotically.
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anti-hypnotic in Medicine hypnotic (hĭp-nŏt ′ĭk) Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific. An agent that causes sleep.
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