Meaning of “sedative” in the English Dictionary

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"sedative" in British English

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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)

"sedative" in American English

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sedativenoun [ C ]

us /ˈsed·ə·t̬ɪv/

a drug that has a calming effect:

(Definition of “sedative” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)