Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serenely deliberate, composed, and dignified in character or manner. See Synonyms at serious.
  • transitive v. To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. in a composed and temperate state.
  • v. to tranquilize by giving a sedative; to calm; to soothe; to induce sleep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Undisturbed by passion or caprice; calm; tranquil; serene; not passionate or giddy; composed; staid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quiet; composed; placid; serene; serious; undisturbed by passion: as, a sedate temper or deportment.
  • Synonyms Imperturbable, serious, staid.
  • To calm; compose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by dignity and propriety
  • v. cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to
  • adj. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

Etymologies

Latin sēdātus, past participle of sēdāre, to settle, calm; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
Back-formation from sedative and sedation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sedatum, past participle of sedare ("to settle"), causative of sedere ("to sit"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The town could be described as "sedate", and McFallow was in the business of sedation.

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  • Today those young men gathered under the tutelage of their fathers and grandfathers in sedate quiet as the fights began.

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  • They were supposed to quietly live out their lives in sedate seclusion.

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  • While I myself cannot get wildly enthusiastic about the possibility of visiting the moon, I do find it a source of constant wonder to be able to cross the Atlantic in sedate luxury, and in 5 hours; 15 years ago, the Atlantic air-crossing was still something of a protracted and uncomfortable adventure.

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  • The eyes are blue, the cheeks pink, the complexion clear, and the expression sedate; rings are in the ears; beard and moustache are at an incipient stage, and are of the same, bright auburn hue as the hair in a picture of

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  • In town to deliver remarks on the economy, the president walked into the diner, where he was greeted with what can only be described as a sedate reception.

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  • The traveller noticed also, that in that great multitude of every age, from the white-headed patriarch of three-score and ten to the toddling infant, each one, even among the blacks, bore himself with a still and hushed gravity, while their looks, without being austere, wore an expression sedate and solemn.

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  • "I think it's clear that there is an element of hypocrisy where [Finkelstein] lives this kind of sedate, gay lifestyle while making millions of dollars off of candidates who bash gays," Stephen Rodrick, who outed the Fink in a 1996 article in Boston Magazine, told CNN.

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  • If the injection is something to "sedate" her, I would try and find out more.

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  • The album is a wide-ranging collection of subdued music, from what sounds like light jazz fusion, were it not for the insurgence of pixelated sounds, to a kind of sedate house music.

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