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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sedative mean? 

  The noun SEDATIVE has 1 sense:

1. a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

  Familiarity information: SEDATIVE used as a noun is very rare.

SEDATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective SEDATIVE has 1 sense:

1. tending to soothe or tranquilize

  Familiarity information: SEDATIVE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


depressant; downer; sedative; sedative drug

Hypernyms ("sedative" is a kind of...):

drug of abuse; street drug (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)

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sedative"):

chloral hydrate (a colorless crystalline drug used as a sedative; irritates the stomach and can be addictive)

Doriden; glutethimide (sedative (trade name Doriden) used to treat some sleep disorders)

sedative-hypnotic; sedative-hypnotic drug (a sedative that depresses activity of the central nervous system and reduces anxiety and induces sleep)

SEDATIVE (adjective)

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Tending to soothe or tranquilize


ataractic; ataraxic; sedative; tranquilising; tranquilizing

Context examples:

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


depressant (capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent)

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