Definition of hypnotic in English:


Syllabification: hyp·not·ic
Pronunciation: /hipˈnätik


  • 1Of, producing, or relating to hypnosis: a hypnotic state
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    • She maintains that hypnotic subjects are asked basically to take on ‘what really amounts to a parody of epileptic symptoms.’
    • The importance of using both high and low hypnotizable subjects in hypnotic pain research is emphasized.
    • That means that the eye roll accounts for very little of the subject's hypnotic behavior.
  • 1.1Exerting a compelling, fascinating, or soporific effect: her voice had a hypnotic quality
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    • His voice may not be as pure as it once was, nor soar quite so magnificently, but it is still wonderfully hypnotic.
    • ‘Remember Me’ contains one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time and ‘Fear Of Drowning’ is wonderfully hypnotic.
    • This celebration conveys its own hypnotic delight, inviting us to suspend unanswerable questions about its ultimate purpose.
    mesmerizing, mesmeric, spellbinding, entrancing, bewitching, irresistible, magnetic, compelling, enthralling, captivating, charming; soporific, sleep-inducing, sedative, numbing; Medicine stupefacient
  • 2 Medicine (Of a drug) sleep-inducing.
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    • Patients typically need large doses of sedative hypnotic drugs and four-point restraints during this stage.
    • The team decided to try a mild hypnotic drug on an as-needed basis to help the patient sleep better during restless nights.
    • This is especially true in elderly people and for hypnotic drugs.


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  • 1 Medicine A sleep-inducing drug.
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    • ‘Pediatricians recommend everything from benadryl to hypnotics to chamomile tea,’ she says.
    • Rates of use of antidepressants and hypnotics were similar for both groups.
    • Even in Thailand, with much available over the counter, hypnotics are not OTC and should only be taken as the last resort.
  • 2A person under or open to the influence of hypnotism.



Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
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  • The patient, referred by hospice for psychological care, was treated with hypnotically facilitated psychotherapy.
  • The patient was screened hypnotically by using a modified version of the Hypnotic Induction Profile.
  • The Eastern-sounding middle movement makes use of a pretty and hypnotically insistent pattern.


early 17th century: from French hypnotique, via late Latin from Greek hupnōtikos 'narcotic, causing sleep', from hupnoun 'put to sleep', from hupnos 'sleep'.

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