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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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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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