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sedativenoun [C]

uk   /ˈsed.ə.tɪv/  us   /ˈsed.ə.t̬ɪv/
a drug used to calm a person or animal or to make them sleep
(Definition of sedative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sedativenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsed·ə·t̬ɪv/
a drug that has a calming effect: If your pet is unaccustomed to car travel, consider a mild sedative to help relieve its anxiety.
(Definition of sedative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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