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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sedate \Se*date"\, adjective [L. sedatus, p. p. of sedare, sedatum, to allay, calm, causative of sedere to sit. See {Sit}.] Undisturbed by passion or caprice; calm; tranquil; serene; not passionate or giddy; composed; staid; as, a sedate soul, mind, or temper.

Disputation carries away the mind from that calm and sedate temper which is so necessary to contemplate truth. --I. Watts.

Whatsoever we feel and know Too sedate for outward show. --Wordsworth.

Syn: Settled; composed; calm; quiet; tranquil; still; serene; unruffled; undisturbed; contemplative; sober; serious. -- {Se*date"ly}, adverb -- {Se*date"ness}, n.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sedate

adjective

1: characterized by dignity and propriety [syn: {sedate}, {staid}]

2: dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence" [syn: {grave}, {sedate}, {sober}, {solemn}]

verb

1: cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to; "The patient must be sedated before the operation" [syn: {sedate}, {calm}, {tranquilize}, {tranquillize}, {tranquillise}] [ant: {arouse}, {brace}, {energise}, {energize}, {perk up}, {stimulate}]


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