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[hip-not-ik] /hɪpˈnɒt ɪk/
of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.
inducing or like something that induces hypnosis.
susceptible to hypnotism, as a person.
inducing sleep.
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 < Greek hypnōtikós sleep-inducing, narcotic, equivalent to hypnō- (variant stem of hypnoûn to put to sleep; see Hypnos) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
hypnotically, adverb
antihypnotic, adjective, noun
antihypnotically, adverb
nonhypnotic, adjective, noun
nonhypnotically, adverb
prehypnotic, adjective
unhypnotic, adjective
unhypnotically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hypnotically
Historical Examples
  • The language, hypnotically placed in his mind, leaped to his lips.

    Warrior Race Robert Sheckley
  • The two women turned, as if hypnotically obedient to her command.

  • And her whisper was such that he passed the weapon, as it were hypnotically, to her under the blind.

    Hugo Arnold Bennett
  • Besides, though refusing to see a doctor, I stopped in bed for days, and hypnotically impressed the idea of a sprain on every one.

    Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • I believe you know more about Bohr's plans, but that the knowledge was hypnotically sealed in your sub-conscious.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • hypnotically, Jimmy Holden watched the stranger test the temples and wrists and try a hand under his father's heart.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • Verkan Vall shouted them down, drawing on his hypnotically acquired knowledge of Akor-Neb duelling customs.

    Last Enemy

    Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotically


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 hypnotically



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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hypnotically in Medicine

hypnotic hyp·not·ic (hĭp-nŏt'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis.

  2. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.

An agent that causes sleep.
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