[ hip-not-ik ]
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  1. of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.

  2. inducing or like something that induces hypnosis.

  1. susceptible to hypnotism, as a person.

  2. inducing sleep.

  1. an agent or drug that produces sleep; sedative.

  2. a person who is susceptible to hypnosis.

  1. a person under the influence of hypnotism.

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

Other words from hypnotic

  • hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·hyp·not·ic, adjective, noun
  • an·ti·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·hyp·not·ic, adjective, noun
  • non·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • pre·hyp·not·ic, adjective
  • un·hyp·not·ic, adjective
  • un·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use hypnotic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotic


/ (hɪpˈnɒtɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep

  2. (of a person) susceptible to hypnotism

  1. a drug or agent that induces sleep

  2. a person susceptible to hypnosis

Origin of hypnotic

C17: from Late Latin hypnōticus, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun to put to sleep, from hupnos sleep

Derived forms of hypnotic

  • hypnotically, adverb

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