sedative


sedative

adjective

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

noun

  1. a sedative drug or agent.

adjective

  1. having a soothing or calming effect
  2. of or relating to sedation

noun

  1. med a sedative drug or agent

adj.“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.” adj.

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

n.

  1. An agent or a drug that produces a soothing, calming, or tranquilizing effect.

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

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