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Related topics: Psychology, psychiatry
hypnotichyp‧not‧ic1 /hɪpˈnɒtɪk $ -ˈnɑː-/ adjective  1 CONFUSEDmaking you feel tired or unable to pay attention to anything else, especially because of a regularly repeated sound or movement His voice had a smooth hypnotic effect. the hypnotic beat of the drum2 [only before noun]MP relating to hypnosis a hypnotic trancehypnotically /-kli/ adverb
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hypnoticThe swaying of the dancers was hypnotic.Some athletes use hypnotic and suggestive techniques as an adjunct to visualization and mental practice.They feature moody, hypnotic backdrops topped with his breathy intoning.They needed the repetition, the dense hypnotic drone of woods and water, but above all they needed to be together.There are also some patients who make wonderful subjects for hypnotic therapy but who are unable to relax sufficiently for regression.But if he seems to be in something approaching hypnotic trance, be very careful of your language.hypnotic effectHis voice had a soothing hypnotic effect.The drums deliver an almost hypnotic effect as the dancers circle the floor.They were having an hypnotic effect, like Luke's voice, his eyes.It was a far cry from the sinister sonic overload, and brooding, hypnotic effect of Rumble.
Related topics: Drugs, medicines
hypnotichypnotic2 noun [countable] technical  MDa drug that helps you to sleep syn sleeping pill
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hypnoticPatients rarely develop tolerance to benzodiazepines used as hypnotics.Most hypnotics appear to lose their sleep-promoting properties within three to fourteen days of continuous use.Barbifurafes Barbiturates are a major class of hypnotics that have been in use since the early l9OOs.Rebound A serious problem with the use of hypnotics, particularly shorter-acting ones, is rebound insomnia.
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