Definition of narcotic in English:



  • 1A drug or other substance affecting mood or behavior and sold for nonmedical purposes, especially an illegal one.

    • ‘According to experts, profits from human trafficking now exceed those of the narcotics trade.’
    • ‘Narcotics are usually smuggled by single persons or group of people, that are not linked to one another.’
    • ‘Alcoholism and narcotic addiction is rife throughout the country, as hope inevitably gives way to despair.’
    • ‘Opium and other narcotic addictions were rampant among the upper classes.’
    • ‘He was then charged with using illegal narcotics and causing a disturbance.’
    • ‘The fact that Cannabis is a mild narcotic is circumstantial; the way it reaches people and who it reaches is the problem.’
    • ‘His government was notorious for human rights abuses, narcotics trafficking, and economic mismanagement.’
    • ‘Their coca leaves contain only trace amounts of the illicit narcotic.’
    • ‘Money from the illegal narcotics trade plays a crucial role in the national economy and in keeping the regime solvent.’
    • ‘But the US and Peruvian governments believe farmers are being manipulated by narcotics traffickers.’
    • ‘The landlords were shown mock-up samples of narcotics ranging from cannabis and ecstasy to heroin and crack cocaine.’
    • ‘Federal law supersedes state law, and the government refuses to budge in classifying marijuana as a dangerous, illegal narcotic - and a gateway to harder drugs - with no medical value.’
    • ‘Then she could relish in the fact that she's the world greatest undercover narcotics officer.’
    • ‘The international narcotics trafficking problem is an order of magnitude more important that international terrorism.’
    • ‘The second industry that relies on moving around big cash payments is the international narcotics trade.’
    • ‘And they happily spent millions on promoting the idea that cannabis was an extremely dangerous, addictive narcotic, that would kill, or drive users insane.’
    • ‘Buprenorphine is a daily oral medication that effectively blocks the action of heroin and other narcotics.’
    • ‘Cooperation between the expanding network of narcotics traffickers and terrorism is now increasingly possible.’
    • ‘Most illicit narcotics seized at our borders are amphetamines and Ecstasy.’
    • ‘However, the synthetic narcotic is itself highly addictive.’
    drugs, narcotics, addictive drugs, recreational drugs, illegal drugs
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    1. 1.1Medicine A drug that relieves pain and induces drowsiness, stupor, or insensibility.
      • ‘Safer choices include over-the-counter acetaminophen and prescribed narcotics such as codeine.’
      • ‘He bought prescription narcotics from them cheaply, which allowed him to avoid street heroin for years.’
      • ‘Who should not be prescribed narcotics for chronic pain?’
      • ‘Her addiction to prescription narcotics stemmed from chronic pain due to osteoporosis.’
      • ‘Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are preferable to narcotics for pain relief.’
      soporific drug, opiate, sleeping pill, soporific
      painkiller, pain reliever, analgesic, anodyne, palliative, anaesthetic
      tranquillizer, sedative
      sleeping draught
      stupefacient, stupefactive
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  • Relating to or denoting narcotics or their effects or use.

    ‘the substance has a mild narcotic effect’
    • ‘It is a long-acting, narcotic painkiller that wards off acute withdrawal symptoms and reduces craving for heroin.’
    • ‘Morley cautions you not to use marjoram in early pregnancy or in high doses as it can have a narcotic effect.’
    • ‘It is a seed that is wrapped in leaves and chewed for its mild narcotic effect.’
    • ‘Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to tramadol or narcotic analgesics.’
    • ‘Another comprehensive program was offered by nurses in an emergency department setting to address problems with narcotic reconciliation, container tampering, and tracking issues.’
    • ‘However, a more likely issue is the legal implication for falling to monitor use and abuse of narcotic analgesics.’
    • ‘We solve this problem by getting rid of all or some of the nitrogen in the mix to reduce this narcotic effect.’
    • ‘This process begins almost immediately, and often results in sharp pain, which is generally eased with narcotic painkillers.’
    • ‘There was an increased accident risk in those with excessive sleepiness, and in those who used narcotic analgesics or antihistamines.’
    • ‘Because of its sedative nature and narcotic abilities, leaves were mixed with other herbs for the treatment of whooping and spasmodic coughs in children.’
    • ‘No significant differences were reported in the areas of sensation, distress, anxiety, or narcotic intake between the three intervention groups and the control group.’
    • ‘Sedating or narcotic medications were administered before more than 40% of the communication events in our study.’
    • ‘Goals of therapy are to prevent abstinence syndrome, reduce narcotic cravings and block the euphoric effects of illicit opioid use.’
    • ‘It has a narcotic effect, not noticeable in the small quantities used by cooks; but consumption of a large amount could produce a ‘high’.’
    • ‘All three patients reported a significant reduction in pain severity and frequency of painful episodes, and two of three patients reported a significant reduction in use of narcotic analgesics.’
    • ‘The smallest possible dose of a tranquilizer or narcotic medicine should be used.’
    • ‘It is possible that some patients and their health care providers are not aware of the dangers and the recommendations regarding these potent narcotic medication products and their safe use.’
    • ‘Treatment with narcotic analgesics and pancreatic enzyme supplements had failed to control their symptoms.’
    • ‘Likewise, those who seek and abuse drugs are difficult to identify, may have true underlying medical pathology, and should not be given narcotic prescriptions.’
    • ‘They worry that repeated prescriptions for large doses of narcotic painkillers will attract unwanted attention from the government.’
    soporific, sleep-inducing, opiate, hypnotic
    painkilling, pain-relieving, analgesic, anodyne, anaesthetic, stupefying, numbing, dulling, tranquillizing, sedative, calming
    stupefacient, stuporific, stupefactive
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Late Middle English: from Old French narcotique, via medieval Latin from Greek narkōtikos, from narkoun make numb.