Adjective "depressant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(chiefly of a drug) reducing functional or nervous activity.
  1. 'It is also necessary to exclude reversible causes of failure of brain function, including depressant drugs and hypothermia.'
  2. 'These data underscore the need for clinicians to search for problems with other depressant drugs and to take care before prescribing benzodiazepines in alcohol-dependent individuals.'


A depressant drug.
  1. 'Phenothiazines, tricyclic antidepressants, and CNS depressants may potentiate the therapeutic and adverse effects of opioids.'
  2. 'The drug is a depressant and will lead to lack of energy and general relaxation of the muscles.'
  3. 'higher taxation is a depressant'
  4. 'The independence wars' impact has generally been seen as a depressant on economic activity, resulting in a general stagnation that lasted until at least mid-century, with a few exceptions.'


1. Medicine/Medical. having the quality of depressing or lowering the vital activities; sedative.

2. causing a lowering in spirits; dejecting.

3. causing a drop in value; economically depressing. noun

4. Medicine/Medical. a sedative.Compare stimulant (def 1).

5. Chemistry. any agent capable of diminishing a specific property of a substance.

More examples(as adjective)

"effects can be depressant."

"drugs can be depressant."

"actions can be depressant."