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ex·ci·tant

 (ĭk-sīt′nt)
adj.
Tending to excite; stimulating.
n.
An agent or stimulus that excites; a stimulant.
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excitant

(ɪkˈsaɪtənt; ˈɛksɪtənt)
adj
able to excite or stimulate
n
(Pharmacology) something, such as a drug or other agent, able to excite; stimulant
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ex•cit•ant

(ɪkˈsaɪt nt, ˈɛk sɪ tənt)

adj.
1. exciting; stimulating.
n.
2. Physiol. something that excites; stimulant.
[1600–10; < Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.excitant - a drug that temporarily quickens some vital process
amphetamine, pep pill, upper, speed - a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression
analeptic - a medication used as a stimulant to the central nervous system
butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite - a colorless pungent liquid sometimes used as a stimulant drug by drug abusers
drug - a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
kat, khat, qat, quat, African tea, Arabian tea, cat - the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant; "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"
methylphenidate, Ritalin - central nervous system stimulant (trade name Ritalin) used in the treatment of narcolepsy in adults and attention deficit disorder in children
popper - a container of stimulant drug (amyl nitrate or butyl nitrite)
Adj.1.excitant - (of drugs e.g.) able to excite or stimulate
stimulative - capable of arousing or accelerating physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent
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D'autant plus, l'Australie, c'etait excitant! C'etait a l'autre bout du monde, un pays que je n'avais jamais visite.