Definition of calmative in English:

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calmative

Pronunciation: /ˈkä(l)mədiv/

adjective

(Of a drug) having a sedative effect.
Example sentences
  • 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

A calmative drug.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: calm·a·tive

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