Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Preventing or reducing anxiety; antianxiety.
  • n. An antianxiety medication; a tranquilizer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That reduces anxiety; tranquilizing
  • n. A drug prescribed for the treatment of symptoms of anxiety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tranquilizer used to relieve anxiety and reduce tension and irritability
  • adj. anxiety relieving

Etymologies

anxi(ety) + -lytic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From anxio- (combining form of anxiety) + -lytic. (Wiktionary)

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