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calmative

[kah-muh-tiv, kal-muh-] /ˈkɑ mə tɪv, ˈkæl mə-/
adjective
1.
having a sedative effect.
noun
2.
a calmative agent.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; calm + -ative
Related forms
uncalmative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for calmative

calmative

/ˈkælmətɪv; ˈkɑːmə-/
adjective
1.
(of a remedy or agent) sedative
noun
2.
a sedative remedy or drug
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Word Origin and History for calmative
adj.

by 1831, from French calmatif; see calm (adj.) + -ative. A hybrid word; purists prefer sedative. "The Latinic suffix is here defensible on the ground of It. and Sp. calmar, F. calmer ...." [OED].

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calmative in Medicine

calmative calm·a·tive (kä'mə-tĭv, kāl'mə-)
adj.
Having relaxing or pacifying properties. n.
A sedative.

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