Definition of calmative in English:

calmative

Line breaks: calma|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːmətɪv
 
, ˈkal-/

adjective

  • (Of a drug) having a sedative effect.
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    • It has developed a range of weapons capable of delivering calmative chemicals, including specialized bullets, landmines and a mortar round.
    • During labor it is useful to overcome the great restlessness, fear and excitement experienced by nervous women, and by its calmative power rectifies jerky and ineffectual contractions.
    • They commissioned a study of the possible military uses of calmative pharmaceuticals such as anesthetics and serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

noun

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  • A calmative drug.
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    • This is just what is depicted in the various scenarios envisioned by military planners laying out appropriate uses for calmatives.
    • For some reason - possibly because so many powerful calmatives are now available - the allegations of insanity do not seem to have prompted any talk of lawyers and apologies and setting the record straight.
    • Documents reveal that two years ago they commissioned scientists to look at potential military uses for a range of chemicals known as calmatives.

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