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hypnotic

[ hip-not-ik ]
/ hɪpˈnɒt ɪk /
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adjective
of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.
inducing or like something that induces hypnosis.
susceptible to hypnotism, as a person.
inducing sleep.
noun
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Origin of hypnotic

1680–90; <Late Latin hypnōticus<Greek hypnōtikós sleep-inducing, narcotic, equivalent to hypnō- (variant stem of hypnoûn to put to sleep; see Hypnos) + -tikos-tic

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British Dictionary definitions for hypnotic

hypnotic
/ (hɪpˈnɒtɪk) /

adjective
of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep
(of a person) susceptible to hypnotism
noun
a drug or agent that induces sleep
a person susceptible to hypnosis

Derived forms of hypnotic

hypnotically, adverb

Word Origin for hypnotic

C17: from Late Latin hypnōticus, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun to put to sleep, from hupnos sleep
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Medical definitions for hypnotic

hypnotic
[ hĭp-nŏtĭk ]

adj.
Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis.
Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
n.
An agent that causes sleep.
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