calmative

[ kah-muh-tiv, kal-muh- ]
/ ˈkɑ mə tɪv, ˈkæl mə- /
Medicine/Medical

adjective

having a sedative effect.

noun

a calmative agent.

Nearby words

  1. callow,
  2. calloway,
  3. calloway, cab,
  4. callus,
  5. calm,
  6. calmette,
  7. calmly,
  8. calmness,
  9. calmodulin,
  10. calmy

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

/ (ˈkælmətɪv, ˈkɑːmə-) /

adjective

(of a remedy or agent) sedative

noun

a sedative remedy or drug
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Word Origin and History for calmative

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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Medicine definitions for calmative

calmative

[ kämə-tĭv, kălmə- ]

adj.

Having relaxing or pacifying properties.

n.

A sedative.

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