1. Reduction of anxiety, stress, irritability, or excitement by administration of a sedative agent or drug.
2. The state or condition induced by a sedative.
[Middle English sedacioun, from Old French sedation, from Latin sēdātiō, sēdātiōn-, from sēdātus, past participle of sēdāre, to calm; see SEDATE1.]
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