calmative

[kah-muh-tiv, kal-muh-]Medicine/Medical

adjective

having a sedative effect.

noun

a calmative agent.

Origin of calmative

First recorded in 1865–70; calm + -ative
Related formsun·cal·ma·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for calmative

calmative

adjective

(of a remedy or agent) sedative

noun

a sedative remedy or drug
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Word Origin and History for calmative
adj.

by 1831, from French calmatif; see calm (adj.) + -ative. A hybrid word; purists prefer sedative. "The Latinic suffix is here defensible on the ground of It. and Sp. calmar, F. calmer ...." [OED].

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calmative in Medicine

calmative

[kämə-tĭv, kălmə-]

adj.

Having relaxing or pacifying properties.

n.

A sedative.
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