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Definition 1: a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sedative in the sense of this definition

(sedative is a kind of ...) a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction

(sedative is a kind of ...) (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

(... is a kind of sedative ) a colorless crystalline drug used as a sedative; irritates the stomach and can be addictive

(... is a kind of sedative ) sedative (trade name Doriden) used to treat some sleep disorders

(... is a kind of sedative ) a sedative that depresses activity of the central nervous system and reduces anxiety and induces sleep

Definition 2: tending to soothe or tranquilize - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sedative or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • valium has a tranquilizing effect
  • took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed

Synonyms for sedative in the sense of this definition

(sedative is similar to ...) capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent

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