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depressantde‧press‧ant /dɪˈpresənt/ noun [countable]  MDa substance or drug that makes your body processes slower and makes you feel very relaxed or sleepystimulantdepressant adjective
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depressantSlaughterers constantly complained of the stockpile as a depressant keeping prices lower than available tonnages justified.Marijuana exhibits characteristics of a depressant as well as a stimulant; however, it is classified as neither.Taking sleeping pills and other depressants can kill you.Far from being a simple depressant, alcohol is a subtle, complicated drug that exerts a wide range of pharmacological effects.However, anyone tolerant to barbiturates, alcohol, and other general central nervous system depressants show some cross-tolerance to benzodiazepines.
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