from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Reduction of anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement by administration of a sedative agent or drug.
- n. The state or condition induced by a sedative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of sedating, especially by use of sedatives.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of calming, or the state of being calm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of calming.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the administration of a sedative agent or drug
- n. a state of reduced excitement or anxiety that is induced by the administrative of a sedative agent
Middle English sedacioun, from Old French sedation, from Latin sēdātiō, sēdātiōn-, from sēdātus, past participle of sēdāre, to calm; see sedate1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)