sedately, adv.sedateness, n.
/si dayt"/, adj., v., sedated, sedating.
1. calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement: a sedate party; a sedate horse.
2. to put (a person) under sedation.
[1640-50; < L sedatus (ptp. of sedare to allay, quieten); akin to sedere to SIT1]
Syn. 1. collected, serene, unruffled, unperturbed. See staid.

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