sedative

[ sed-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈsɛd ə tɪv /

adjective

tending to calm or soothe.
allaying irritability or excitement; assuaging pain; lowering functional activity.

noun

a sedative drug or agent.

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Origin of sedative

1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) (< Middle French sédatif) < Medieval Latin sēdātīvus, equivalent to Latin sēdāt(us) (see sedate) + -īvus -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM sedative

un·sed·a·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sedative

sedative
/ (ˈsɛdətɪv) /

adjective

having a soothing or calming effect
of or relating to sedation

noun

med a sedative drug or agent

Word Origin for sedative

C15: from Medieval Latin sēdātīvus, from Latin sēdātus assuaged; see sedate 1
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Medical definitions for sedative

sedative
[ sĕdə-tĭv ]

adj.

Having a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect; reducing or relieving anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement.

n.

An agent or a drug that produces a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect.
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Scientific definitions for sedative

sedative
[ sĕdə-tĭv ]

A drug having a calming or quieting effect, often given to reduce anxiety or to promote relaxation.
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