Tending to lower the rate of vital physiological activities.(adjective)
An agent, especially a drug, that decreases the rate of vital physiological activities.(noun)
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Use "depressant" in a sentence
"The budget, with expected focus on rural economy, infrastructure, health and education is likely to benefit stocks of FMCG, power, infrastructure and capital goods sector, while the expected 2% excise hike can act as a near-term depressant for sectors like automobiles "
""I think the Obama announcement is a near-term depressant on auto sales and the economy," said one Ford official Tuesday."
"That is, don't take "depressant" drugs -- drugs that make you calm or sleepy, not depressed!!!"