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Meaning & Definition of Sedative in English

English

Sedative

/sɛdətɪv/

noun

1. A drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

    synonym:
  • sedative
  • ,
  • sedative drug
  • ,
  • depressant
  • ,
  • downer

adjective

1. Tending to soothe or tranquilize

  • "Valium has a tranquilizing effect"
  • "Took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed"
    synonym:
  • ataractic
  • ,
  • ataraxic
  • ,
  • sedative
  • ,
  • tranquilizing
  • ,
  • tranquillizing
  • ,
  • tranquilising
  • ,
  • tranquillising