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

  • adj. Having relaxing or pacifying properties; sedative.
  • n. A sedative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That calms
  • n. A drug with calming effects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quieting excessive action of any organ; relieving nervous agitation; sedative.
  • n. A quieting drug or other therapeutic agent; a soothing remedy.


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  • It is known as a calmative, and research has found that ingestion of chamomile acts as a wonderful mild sedative and antispasmodic.


  • Another trial is investigating the short-term calmative effects of a special lemon balm product, because anxiety and agitation are major symptoms that Alzheimer sufferers experience.


  • And a needle in the seat gives you a host of “something calmative” in traffic.

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  • He took an extra-strength antacid tablet out of the bottle in his desk and washed it down with the watery pulpless half-rancid juice, for whatever calmative effect it might have on his acidic backwash.


  • The toning, firming, re-texturizing, and calmative benefits were amazing, and I immediately felt compelled to develop products with this exceptional ingredient.

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  • For more than one thousand years, valerian has been used for its calmative properties.

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  • It was a calmative, yes, but it also had a reputation for enhacing other things than calm.

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  • Slipping her arm again under his head, she carefully administered a dose of the cordial which had been made up for him as a calmative against his sudden heart attacks.

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  • To this individual, as a kind of human calmative and tonic combined,

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  • Whatever comfort may lurk in curses, at least they carry no money profit; so after a fruitless session over coffee and maledictions, I arose, and as a calmative, walked down Broadway.

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