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

  • adj. Tending to lower the rate of vital physiological activities.
  • n. An agent, especially a drug, that decreases the rate of vital physiological activities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pharmacological substance which decreases neuronal or physiological activity.
  • n. An agent that inhibits the flotation of a mineral or minerals.
  • adj. Acting as a depressant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An agent or remedy which lowers the vital powers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A therapeutic agent which is employed to reduce mental or physical strength.
  • Causing a lowering of the physical or mental forces.
  • n. In medicine, a sedative.

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

  • adj. capable of depressing physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent
  • n. a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person


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  • The budget, with expected focus on rural economy, infrastructure, health and education is likely to benefit stocks of FMCG, power, infrastructure and capital goods sector, while the expected 2% excise hike can act as a near-term depressant for sectors like automobiles


  • "I think the Obama announcement is a near-term depressant on auto sales and the economy," said one Ford official Tuesday.

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  • That is, don't take "depressant" drugs -- drugs that make you calm or sleepy, not depressed!!!

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  • Freddy: For Ms R alcohol is a depressant which is one reason why she rarely drinks.

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  • She did offer an anti-depressant which is contraindicated for anyone with a heart condition specifically arrhythmias.

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  • It also acts as a kind of depressant by interfering with the flow of information between nerve cells.


  • Once again, in my case one of those is a minimum dosage (10 mg) of an anti-depressant which is used for chronic pain control and although it's very effective in doing this there's an inherent problem-anti-depressants make me depressed.

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  • Remembering my seventh grade health class and figuring out that alcohol by nature is a depressant, it was an easy jump for me to keep crying uncontrollably.

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  • He is a major buyer of dollars, and if correct a rising dollar will be a depressant for gold prices.

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  • Ditto Big Pharma, which fears marijuana as a superior anti-depressant with healing capabilities far beyond a whole multi-billlion-dollar arsenal of prescription drugs with deadly side effects.

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