sedative

  • 1 sedative — (adj.) tending to calm or soothe, early 15c., from M.L. sedativus calming, allaying, from pp. stem of sedare (see SEDATE (Cf. sedate)). The noun derivative meaning a sedative drug is attested from 1785 …

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  • 2 sedative — [adj] soothing allaying, anodyne, calmative, calming, lenitive, relaxing, sleepinducing, soporific, tranquillizing; concept 537 Ant. agitating, excitative, upsetting sedative [n] soothing agent, medicine analgesic, anodyne, barbiturate, calmant,… …

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  • 3 sedative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ promoting calm or inducing sleep. ► NOUN ▪ a sedative drug …

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  • 4 sedative — [sed′ə tiv] adj. [MFr sédatif < ML sedativus < L sedatus: see SEDATE1] 1. tending to soothe or quiet 2. Med. having the property of lessening excitement, nervousness, or irritation n. a sedative medicine …

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  • 5 Sedative — Sed a*tive, a. [Cf. F. s[ e]datif.] Tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize; specifically (Med.), allaying irritability and irritation; assuaging pain. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Sedative — Sed a*tive, n. (Med.) A remedy which allays irritability and irritation, and irritative activity or pain. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 sedative — index drug, narcotic (adjective), narcotic (noun), palliative (abating) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 Sedative — A sedative, or, more specifically, a sedative hypnotic, is a substance that depresses the central nervous system (CNS),cite web |url=http://www.mercksource.com/pp/us/cns/cns hl dorlands split.jsp?pg=/ppdocs/us/common/dorlands/dorland/seven/0000955… …

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  • 9 sedative — n. 1) to administer, give a sedative 2) to take a sedative 3) a mild; strong sedative * * * [ sedətɪv] give a sedative strong sedative a mild to administer to take a sedative …

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  • 10 sedative — [[t]se̱dətɪv[/t]] sedatives 1) N COUNT A sedative is a medicine or drug that calms you or makes you sleep. They use opium as a sedative, rather than as a narcotic. 2) ADJ: ADJ n Something that has a sedative effect calms you or makes you sleep.… …

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  • 11 Sedative — A drug that calms a patient down, easing agitation and permitting sleep. Sedatives generally work by modulating signals within the central nervous system. These sedatives can dangerously depress important signals needed to maintain heart and lung …

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  • 12 sedative — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ powerful, strong ▪ mild ▪ The doctor gave her a mild sedative to help her sleep. VERB + SEDATIVE ▪ administer …

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  • 13 sedative — UK [ˈsedətɪv] / US noun [countable] Word forms sedative : singular sedative plural sedatives a drug that makes someone calmer, or makes them sleep Derived word: sedative UK / US adjective …

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  • 14 sédative — ● sédatif, sédative adjectif (latin médiéval sedativus, du latin classique sedare, calmer) sédatif nom masculin (latin médiéval sedativus, du latin classique sedare, calmer) Se dit d une substance qui agit contre la douleur, l anxiété, l insomnie …

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  • 15 sedative — 1. adjective sedative drugs Syn: tranquilizing, calming, calmative, relaxing, soporific, narcotic; depressant; Medicine neuroleptic 2. noun the doctor gave him a sedative Syn: tranquilizer, calmative, sleeping pill, narcotic, opiate; …

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  • 16 sedative — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, alleviating pain, from Middle French sedatif, from Medieval Latin sedativus, from Latin sedatus Date: 1779 tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize nervousness or excitement II. noun Date: 1797 a sedative… …

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  • 17 sedative — /sed euh tiv/, adj. 1. tending to calm or soothe. 2. allaying irritability or excitement; assuaging pain; lowering functional activity. n. 3. a sedative drug or agent. [1375 1425; late ME (adj.) ( < MF sédatif) < ML sedativus, equiv. to L… …

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  • 18 sedative — sed|a|tive [ˈsedətıv] n a drug used to make someone calm or go to sleep >sedative adj …

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  • 19 sedative — adjective promoting calm or inducing sleep. noun a sedative drug. Origin ME: from OFr. sedatif or med. L. sedativus, from L. sedat , sedare (see sedate1) …

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  • 20 sedative — sed•a•tive [[t]ˈsɛd ə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) tending to calm or soothe 2) assuaging pain or allaying irritability or excitement 3) pha a sedative drug or agent • Etymology: 1375–1425; (adj.) (< MF sédatif) < ML sēdātīvus …

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