Adjective "anxiolytic" definition and examples

(Anxiolytic may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(chiefly of a drug) used to reduce anxiety.
  1. 'Patients were not allowed to take antidepressant or anxiolytic drugs during the study.'
  2. 'Whilst this may be as a result of his anxiety it equally seems likely that this is a side effect of his anxiolytic drugs.'


A drug used to relieve anxiety.
  1. 'She had received counseling, antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sleep medication from her former physician, but in her opinion these had merely dulled her cognition and memory.'
  2. 'Smokers with a high level of anxiety symptoms could possibly benefit from anxiolytics as a smoking cessation intervention.'

More definitions

1. anxiety relieving. noun

2. antianxiety drug.

More examples(as adjective)

"medications can be anxiolytic."

"programs can be anxiolytic."

"drugs can be anxiolytic."


1960s: from anxiety + -lytic.