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  1. of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.
  2. inducing or like something that induces hypnosis.
  3. susceptible to hypnotism, as a person.
  4. inducing sleep.
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  1. an agent or drug that produces sleep; sedative.
  2. a person who is susceptible to hypnosis.
  3. a person under the influence of hypnotism.
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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
Related formshyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·hyp·not·ic, adjective, nounan·ti·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·hyp·not·ic, adjective, nounnon·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverbpre·hyp·not·ic, adjectiveun·hyp·not·ic, adjectiveun·hyp·not·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of hypnotically

  • The language, hypnotically placed in his mind, leaped to his lips.

    Warrior Race

    Robert Sheckley

  • The two women turned, as if hypnotically obedient to her command.

  • And her whisper was such that he passed the weapon, as it were hypnotically, to her under the blind.


    Arnold Bennett

  • Besides, though refusing to see a doctor, I stopped in bed for days, and hypnotically impressed the idea of a sprain on every one.

    Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • I believe you know more about Bohr's plans, but that the knowledge was hypnotically sealed in your sub-conscious.

    Man of Many Minds

    E. Everett Evans

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotically


  1. of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep
  2. (of a person) susceptible to hypnotism
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  1. a drug or agent that induces sleep
  2. a person susceptible to hypnosis
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Derived Formshypnotically, 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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Word Origin and History for hypnotically



1620s, "inducing sleep," originally used of drugs, from French hypnotique (16c.) "inclined to sleep, soporific," from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Greek hypnotikos "inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy," from hypnoun "put to sleep," from hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence). Modern sense of "pertaining to an induced trance" first recorded in English 1843, along with hypnotist, hypnotize, both coined by Dr. James Braid. Related: Hypnotical; hypnotically.

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hypnotically in Medicine


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