[ ik-sahyt-nt, ek-si-tuhnt ]
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  1. exciting; stimulating.

  1. Physiology. something that excites; a stimulant.

Origin of excitant

1600–10; <Latin excitant- (stem of excitāns), present participle of excitāre.See excite, -ant

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How to use excitant in a sentence

  • Their gestures were lost in the tumult and the darkness; what the crowd did see seemed to act only as an excitant.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • The child's song had been an excitant to the memory in recalling those first years in Auvergne.

    Flamsted quarries | Mary E. Waller
  • There was a readiness and suggestibility to respond to rumor or to the least excitant.

    Catastrophe and Social Change | Samuel Henry Prince
  • A smell of musk is also given off by several plants: it is a sexual excitant in the musk-deer, the musk-sheep, and the crocodile.

  • The influence of dreams as an excitant of muscular movement will be hereafter discussed.

British Dictionary definitions for excitant


/ (ɪkˈsaɪtənt, ˈɛksɪtənt) /

adjectiveAlso: excitative (ɪkˈsaɪtətɪv), excitatory (ɪkˈsaɪtətərɪ, -trɪ)
  1. able to excite or stimulate

  1. something, such as a drug or other agent, able to excite; stimulant

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