Definition of calmative in US English:



  • (of a drug) having a sedative effect.

    • ‘It has developed a range of weapons capable of delivering calmative chemicals, including specialized bullets, landmines and a mortar round.’
    • ‘Extra nervous patients are given a calmative drug before the surgery but I was not offered one.’
    • ‘They commissioned a study of the possible military uses of calmative pharmaceuticals such as anesthetics and serotonin reuptake inhibitors.’
    • ‘During labor it is useful to overcome the great restlessness, fear and excitement experienced by nervous women, and by its calmative power rectifies jerky and ineffectual contractions.’
    • ‘For example, in order to understand the pharmacokinetic effects of a calmative agent, information is needed on how the drug has access to the brain.’
    sleep-inducing, somnolent, sedative, calmative, tranquillizing, narcotic, opiate, drowsy, sleepy, somniferous
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  • A calmative drug.

    • ‘Herbalists know basil is one of nature's most effective calmatives, yet it's often overlooked because it's such a commonly used kitchen spice.’
    • ‘The careful grooming of hair of the face is the most potent calmative that could ever be prescribed for dyspeptic morale.’
    • ‘Documents reveal that two years ago they commissioned scientists to look at potential military uses for a range of chemicals known as calmatives.’
    • ‘Capable of taking out enemy soldiers without killing them, calmatives were once seen as ideal from a public relations standpoint.’
    • ‘It is also useful in the therapy of acute pulmonary edema, both for its hemodynamic actions and as a calmative.’
    • ‘This is just what is depicted in the various scenarios envisioned by military planners laying out appropriate uses for calmatives.’
    • ‘For some reason - possibly because so many powerful calmatives are now available - the allegations of insanity do not seem to have prompted any talk of lawyers and apologies and setting the record straight.’
    • ‘It is perfectly proper to draw attention to the threat of the pharmaceutical giants and of calmative drugs being used on social misfits.’