What does the word sedative mean?

Usage examples for sedative

  1. The shock of the water, however, acted as a sedative upon him, and the coolness of the night refreshed him. – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  2. The lazy motion is of itself a kind of spiritual sedative. – A Rambler's lease by Bradford Torrey
  3. The doctor had better give you a sedative, and we will talk to- morrow, when you have had a night's sleep. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich

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