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Adjective: sedative  se-du-tiv
  1. Tending to soothe or tranquilize
    "took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed";
    - ataractic, ataraxic, tranquilizing [N. Amer], tranquillizing [Brit], tranquillising [Brit], tranquillising [Brit]
Noun: sedative  se-du-tiv
  1. A drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
    - sedative drug, depressant, downer [informal]

Derived forms: sedatives

See also: depressant

Type of: drug of abuse, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, street drug

Encyclopedia: Sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic dependence