Sedative vs Tranquilizer - What's the difference?

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Tranquilizer is a synonym of sedative.


As nouns the difference between sedative and tranquilizer

is that sedative is an agent or drug that sedates, having a calming or soothing effect, or inducing sleep while tranquilizer is that which tranquillizes or soothes.

As an adjective sedative

is calming]], soothing, inducing sleep, [[tranquilize|tranquilizing.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

sedative

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An agent or drug that sedates, having a calming or soothing effect, or inducing sleep.
  • Synonyms

    * (agents that cause sleep) sleeping pill, soporific, tranquilizer * (other agents that sedate) anxiolytic, depressant, downer

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Calming]], soothing, inducing sleep, [[tranquilize, tranquilizing
  • Synonyms

    * ataractic * ataraxic

    References

    * (wikipedia "sedative")

    Anagrams

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    tranquilizer

    English

    Alternative forms

    * tranquiliser, tranquilliser (mainly UK) * tranquillizer (mainly US)

    Noun

    (wikipedia tranquilizer) (en noun)
  • That which tranquillizes or soothes.
  • (pharmacology) A drug used to reduce anxiety or tension; a sedative.
  • See also

    * horse tranquilizer * sleeping pill