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sedative

noun

1 sedative

A drug that reduces excitability and calms a person.

synonyms: depressant, downer, sedative drug.

Roget 683: inactivity; inaction etc. 681; inertness etc. 172; obstinacy etc. 606.    lull etc. (cessation) ... show more

Roget 662: remedy, help, cure, redress; medicine, medicament; diagnosis, medical examination; medical treatment; surgery; preventive medicine.    [medical devices] clinical thermometer, ... show more

Roget 174: moderation, lenity etc. 740; temperateness, gentleness etc. adj.; sobriety; quiet; mental calmness etc. (inexcitability) 826.    ... show more

Dutch: kalmerend middel, kalmeringsmiddel, sedatief
Polish: depresant



adjective

1 sedative

Tending to soothe or tranquilize:
— Took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed.

synonyms: ataractic, ataraxic, tranquilising, tranquilizing, tranquillising, tranquillizing.

Roget 174: moderate; lenient etc. 740; gentle, mild, mellow; cool, sober, temperate, reasonable, measured; tempered etc. ... show more

Roget 683: inactive; motionless etc. 265; unoccupied etc. (doing nothing) 681; unbusied.    indolent, lazy, slothful, idle, ... show more

Roget 662: remedial; restorative etc. 660; corrective, palliative, healing; sanatory, sanative; prophylactic, preventative, immunizing; salutiferous etc. ... show more


Moby thesaurus: Mickey Finn, allaying, anodyne, balm, barbiturate, calmant, calmative, calming, depressant, depressing, downer, hypnotic, lenitive, narcotic, opiate, pacifier, relaxing, sleep-inducing, sleeping, sleeping pill ... show more.

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