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

  • n. Gravity in bearing, manner, or treatment.
  • n. Moderation in or abstinence from consumption of alcoholic liquor or use of drugs: "three years of drug-free sobriety” ( Ron Rosenbaum). See Synonyms at abstinence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being sober.
  • n. The quality or state of not being intoxicated.
  • n. The quality or state of being grave or earnestly thoughtful.
  • n. The state or quality of being unhurried; a state of calm.
  • n. A state of moderation or seriousness.
  • n. A state of modest in color or style.
  • n. Soundness of judgement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Habitual soberness or temperance as to the use of spirituous liquors.
  • n. Habitual freedom from enthusiasm, inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness; gravity; seriousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state, habit, or character of being sober.
  • n. Moderation in general conduct or character; avoidance of excess or extremes.
  • n. Reasonableness; saneness; soundness: as, sobriety of judgment.
  • n. Modest or quiet demeanor; composure; sedateness; dignity; gravity; staidness.
  • n. Synonyms and Abstinence, Temperance, etc. See abstemiousness.
  • n. and Soberness, moderation, moderateness, regularity, steadiness, quietness.

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

  • n. a manner that is serious and solemn
  • n. the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
  • n. moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
  • n. abstaining from excess

Etymologies

Middle English sobriete, from Old French, from Latin sōbrietās, from sōbrius, sober; see sober.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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