- * * *1. Calming; quieting. 2. A drug that quiets nervous excitement; designated according to the organ or system upon which specific action is exerted; e.g., cardiac, cerebral, nervous, respiratory, spinal. [L. sedativus; see sedation]
* * *sed·a·tive 'sed-ət-iv adj tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize nervousness or excitement <\sedative effects of anesthetics and analgesics (Linda C. Haynes )(et al)>sedative n a sedative agent or drug
* * *n.a drug that has a calming effect, relieving anxiety and tension. Sedatives are hypnotic drugs administered at lower doses than those needed for sleep (drowsiness is a common side-effect). See also anxiolytic.
* * *sed·a·tive (sedґə-tiv) [L. sedativus] 1. allaying activity and excitement. 2. an agent that allays excitement; see also tranquilizer. Called also calmative.
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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 … Etymology dictionary
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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
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