(of a drug) inducing unconsciousness or insensibility.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Opium and laudanum are both stimulating and stupefactive.’
- ‘This stupefactive power of coriander seed is a newly discovered property.’
- ‘The whiskey being exhausted, the Indians retired to rest, under its stupefactive influence.’
- ‘In lock jaw, and in all convulsive conditions in which opium is prescribed in stupefactive doses.’
- ‘These wines were stupefactive, because they produce forgetfulness.’
A drug which induces unconsciousness or insensibility.
soporific drug, opiate, sleeping pill, soporificView synonyms
- ‘Many accidents have arisen from its too general use as a stupefactive for infants.’
- ‘While under the influence of a stupefactive or anaesthetic, the sorcerer or the person subjected to his artifices, beheld spirits or daemons.’
- ‘Opium, and other strong stupefactives, do coagulate the spirit, and deprive it of the motion.’
- ‘Such a sleep-producing stupefactive is worthy of the highest praise.’
- ‘Stupefactives induce a kind of drunkenness by the grossness of their vapour.’