• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sedative tending to soothe or tranquilize "valium has a tranquilizing effect","took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed"
    • n sedative a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sedative (Med) A remedy which allays irritability and irritation, and irritative activity or pain.
    • a Sedative (Med) Tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sedative Tending to calm, tranquilize, or soothe; specifically, in medicine, having the power of allaying or assuaging irritation, irritability, or pain.
    • n sedative Whatever soothes, allays, or assuages; specifically, a medicine or a medical appliance which has the property of allaying irritation, irritability, or pain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sedative tending to make sedate: moderating: allaying irritation or pain
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  • Adam Smith
    “The mind is so rarely disturbed, but that the company of friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.”
  • Horace
    “Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. sédatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sedāre, -ātum, to seat, akin to sedēre, to sit.


In literature:

In the morning I found her calm and sedate at the breakfast table.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
Clifford was left with knitted brows and uneasy mind; he had not believed her capable of this sedateness.
"The Emancipated" by George Gissing
Hot milk is nourishing and a sedative.
"The Freedom of Life" by Annie Payson Call
The breath and drone and cooing of high summer were not for long a sedative to her excited nerves.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
The remarkable vehicle which had woven this thread of intrigue through London streets, now proceeded sedately to finish its operations.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
In other respects, the stranger was well thought of, as being handsome and sedate.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
Her calm sedate visage had the beauty of its youth, when lighted by the animation that attends meetings or farewells.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
Her sedate energies could barely control her agitation.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
His vivacious or sedate man-of-the-world tone shifted to playfellow's fun in a twinkling.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
Her breath hung for the answer, sedately though she sat.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith

In poetry:

There's not a soothing anodyne
Or sedative I know,
Such potency can ever hold
As that which lovingly controlled
My spirit long ago.
"My Mother's Hand" by Hattie Howard
The clustered, wax-bespattered flowers
On massive trees, sedate and old,
Lit up by raindrops, burn and sparkle
Above the mansion they enfold.
"The Linden Avenue" by Boris Pasternak
Three little foals you see at play.
They romp and sport all through the day,
But sometimes they are most sedate
And try to ape their mothers' gait.
"At Play" by Mary Tourtel
The boatswain's mate was very sedate,
Yet fond of amusement too;
And he played hopscotch with the starboard watch
While the captain tickled the crew.
"The Walloping Window Blind" by Charles Edward Carryl
Amid the lofty group sedate, I see
Great Franklin muse where Truth had locked her stores,
Holding within his steady hand the key
That opened many doors.
"Arms And The Man - Heroes And Statesmen" by James Barron Hope
Silence is scattered like a broken glass.
The minutes prick their ears and run about,
Then one by one subside again and pass
Sedately in, monotonously out.
"Solitude" by Harold Monro

In news:

Kenneth Kromash prepares to sedate Valerie Carlson, of Chicago, for a procedure at Great Chicago Smiles.
Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' is under sedation .
It is in this room that I am spoken to, and in my interpretation, sedated , most recently through something I am breathing.
Chandler cosmetic dentist Dr Mark Arooni is offering Sedation Dentistry beginning March 2012.
Gallagher's promotional manager, Christine Scherrer, said Friday that the 65-year-old is being slowly taken out of sedation .
He could stop performing the procedure, or he could start offering it without sedatives .
Narcotics & sedatives: Take with caution.
Thalidomide pills were prescribed in the late 1950s for morning sickness and as a sedative.
Prescribed in the late 1950s for morning sickness and as a sedative, the drug was banned in 1962 after causing birth defects.
For an artist so associated with indie power pop, A.C. Newman's third solo effort "Shut Down the Streets" is downright sedate.
Doctors sometimes joke that when children have surgery, their parents may need sedatives, too.
Owners of high-octane gaming rigs or sedate office PCs alike would appreciate a new widescreen LCD.
This type of anesthesia is accomplished by various combinations of analgesics, sedatives, tranquilizers and low concentrations of anesthetic gases.
Due to the nature of her injuries, hospital employees have kept Peck heavily sedated.
"Right now we're waiting for the sedation to wear off, for him to fully wake up," the son said Saturday morning.