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sedative (adj.)

"tending to calm or soothe," early 15c., from Medieval Latin sedativus "calming, allaying," from sedat-, past participle stem of sedare, causative of sedere "to sit," from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit." The noun derivative meaning "a sedative drug" is attested from 1785. Hence, "whatever soothes or allays."

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Definitions of sedative from WordNet
1
sedative (n.)
a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person;
Synonyms: sedative drug / depressant / downer
2
sedative (adj.)
tending to soothe or tranquilize;
took a hot drink with sedative properties before going to bed
Synonyms: ataractic / ataraxic / tranquilizing / tranquillizing / tranquilising / tranquillising
From wordnet.princeton.edu