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hypnotic

[hip-not-ik] /hɪpˈnɒt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to hypnosis or hypnotism.
2.
inducing or like something that induces hypnosis.
3.
susceptible to hypnotism, as a person.
4.
inducing sleep.
noun
5.
an agent or drug that produces sleep; sedative.
6.
a person who is susceptible to hypnosis.
7.
a person under the influence of hypnotism.
Origin of hypnotic
1680-1690
1680-90; < Late Latin hypnōticus < Greek hypnōtikós sleep-inducing, narcotic, equivalent to hypnō- (variant stem of hypnoûn to put to sleep; see Hypnos) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
hypnotically, adverb
antihypnotic, adjective, noun
antihypnotically, adverb
nonhypnotic, adjective, noun
nonhypnotically, adverb
prehypnotic, adjective
unhypnotic, adjective
unhypnotically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hypnotic
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  • Nails driven through the palms of her hands,—tenpenny nails,—under the hypnotic suggestion that she wasn't being hurt.

    The Faith Healer William Vaughn Moody
  • All cases such as yours respond most readily to hypnotic suggestion.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • Frequent repetition of hypnotic exercises renders the subject still more susceptible.

  • You have never tried to demonstrate to a hypnotic that a table is not a hippopotamus.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • "Then repeat these words," said the bearded saint, fixing his weird, hypnotic eyes upon her.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotic

hypnotic

/hɪpˈnɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or producing hypnosis or sleep
2.
(of a person) susceptible to hypnotism
noun
3.
a drug or agent that induces sleep
4.
a person susceptible to hypnosis
Derived Forms
hypnotically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin hypnōticus, from Greek hupnōtikos, from hupnoun to put to sleep, from hupnos sleep
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Word Origin and History for hypnotic
adj.

1620s, "inducing sleep," originally used of drugs, from French hypnotique (16c.) "inclined to sleep, soporific," from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Greek hypnotikos "inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy," from hypnoun "put to sleep," from hypnos "sleep" (see somnolence). Modern sense of "pertaining to an induced trance" first recorded in English 1843, along with hypnotist, hypnotize, both coined by Dr. James Braid. Related: Hypnotical; hypnotically.

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hypnotic in Medicine

hypnotic hyp·not·ic (hĭp-nŏt'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to hypnotism or hypnosis.

  2. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.

n.
An agent that causes sleep.
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