- tending to calm or soothe.
- allaying irritability or excitement; assuaging pain; lowering functional activity.
- a sedative drug or agent.
Origin of sedative
Related Words for sedativemedication, opiate, narcotic, calming, anodyne, soporific, lenitive, dope, drug, hypnotic, analgesic, depressant, downer, tranquillizer, barbiturate, pacifier, calmative, relaxing
Examples from the Web for sedative
Contemporary Examples of sedative
Just as Palmer, taken in sixty-second doses, seems relaxed, so, measured over hours, he seems in need of a sedative.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
At 6.23 p.m., a doctor administered the first drug, which corrections officials identified as the sedative midazolam.Lethal Injection Leads to the Most Botched Executions
Austin Sarat, Robert Henry Weaver, Heather Richard
April 30, 2014
Ohio used a mix of midazolam, a sedative, with hydromorphone, a powerful narcotic.What Happens to the Death Penalty When Lethal Injection Isn’t Quick and Painless?
January 21, 2014
Only one thing seemed to calm his wanderlust: “I find an interesting book the only sedative,” he said.Top 10 Misbehaving Literary Rogues
February 7, 2013
They gave a sedative to Methos, the alpha-male wolf, because he seemed particularly anxious.At New Jersey’s Turtle Back Zoo, Humans Slept Alongside the Pythons
November 5, 2012
Historical Examples of sedative
This piece of information had by no means a sedative effect.An Old Sailor's Yarns
Used as a sedative in tincture; ten to twenty drops in water.Cattle and Their Diseases
And added, "Indeed, what can we do for sorrow except give the body a sedative?"Mary Gray
If she had possessed any sedative drug she would have taken it.Beyond
I brought her here for a sedative; but I find it is no such matter.Daisy
- having a soothing or calming effect
- of or relating to sedation
- med a sedative drug or agent
Word Origin for sedative
Word Origin and History for sedative
"tending to calm or soothe," early 15c., from Medieval Latin sedativus "calming, allaying," from sedat-, past participle stem of sedare, causative of sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). The noun derivative meaning "a sedative drug" is attested from 1785. Hence, "whatever soothes or allays."
- Having a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect; reducing or relieving anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement.
- An agent or a drug that produces a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect.
- A drug having a calming or quieting effect, often given to reduce anxiety or to promote relaxation.