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calmative

[kah-muh-tiv, kal-muh-]Medicine/Medical
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adjective
  1. having a sedative effect.
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noun
  1. a calmative agent.
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Origin of calmative

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

soft, soothing, mesmerizing, medication, opiate, narcotic, calming, anodyne, soporific, lenitive, anesthetic, dope, drug, hypnotic, analgesic, depressant, downer, tranquillizer, barbiturate, pacifier

British Dictionary definitions for calmative

calmative

adjective
  1. (of a remedy or agent) sedative
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noun
  1. 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.
  1. Having relaxing or pacifying properties.
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n.
  1. A sedative.
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