Definition of stupefactive in English:


Line breaks: stup¦e|fac¦tive
Pronunciation: /stjuːpɪˈfaktɪv


  • (Of a drug) inducing unconsciousness or insensibility.
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    • Nurses are too apt, for their own ease, to cherish the sleepy disposition of infants, and to increase it by various things of a stupefactive quality.
    • In lock jaw, and in all convulsive conditions in which opium is prescribed in stupefactive doses.
    • These wines were stupefactive, because they produce forgetfulness.


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  • A drug which induces unconsciousness or insensibility.
    More example sentences
    • Stupefactives induce a kind of drunkenness by the grossness of their vapour.
    • Opium, and other strong stupefactives, do coagulate the spirit, and deprive it of the motion.
    • Many accidents have arisen from its too general use as a stupefactive for infants.

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