One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect on mental activity, such as a sedative, tranquillizer, hypnotic, or anxiolytic.
A psycholeptic drug.
Late 19th century (in an earlier sense). From psycho- + -leptic. In sense A. 1 after psycholepsy; in psycholeptic crisis after French crise de psycholepsie.
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