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  • n. The state or quality of being sedate; calmness of mind, manner, or countenance; composure; placidity; serenity; tranquillity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being sedate; calmness of mind, manner, or countenance; composure; placidity; serenity; tranquillity: as, sedateness of temper; sedateness of countenance.

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

  • n. a trait of dignified seriousness


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  • No wifely sedateness in this other, nor calm strength of control; but rather the waywardness of mutable desires, rough-shod imperiousness and strange moods.


  • No longer puppies, vaguely proud of the sedateness of maturity, they strove to be proud and sedate while all their impulse was to rush together in a frantic ecstasy.


  • My guess would be that in a society without much in the way of leash laws or big backyards, dogs with anti-social habits are dealt with, summarily, and that selects for pro-social habits of sedateness among the survivors. Blog Articles » Print » The Dogs of Turkey

  • But it never takes Americans long to conquer sedateness, and soon roadside restaurants were being built in the shapes of giant oranges and milk cartons and upside-down ice cream cones.

    At The Table On The Road

  • The rubber was conducted with all that gravity of deportment and sedateness of demeanour which befit the pursuit entitled

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • But, indeed, she only to make a face at me, so that I did be near like to shake her unto sedateness.

    The Night Land

  • Born of a good family in Toulouse, and allied by marriage to the minister who first took him under his protection, Ernest had that air of good-breeding which comes of an education begun in the cradle; and the habit of managing business affairs gave him a certain sedateness which was not pedantic, — though pedantry is the natural outgrowth of premature gravity.

    Modeste Mignon

  • But I was taken by that air of cold And statuesque sedateness, when she said 'I'm going'; lit a taper, bowed her head, And went, as with the stride of Pallas bold.

    No Sex Please, We're Victorian: A Handy-Dandy Guide to Code Words

  • “You alarm me exceedingly, by this moving sedateness.”


  • The sedateness of her aspect and her kind compliance in this meeting gave me hopes.

    Clarissa Harlowe


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