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[ri-pohz-fuh l] /rɪˈpoʊz fəl/
full of or suggesting repose; calm; quiet.
Origin of reposeful
1620-30; repose1 + -ful
Related forms
reposefully, adverb
reposefulness, noun
unreposeful, adjective
unreposefully, adverb
unreposefulness, noun
restful, tranquil, peaceful, undisturbed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The intense distress of the young girl's countenance contrasts strongly with the reposeful attitude of the little one.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • Though his eyes were closed he did not present a reposeful aspect.

  • His face was pale and reposeful, and there was a keen, quiet sparkle in his cool, sky-blue eyes.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
  • They were a phlegmatic race, placid, unimaginative, reposeful.

  • Usually he is a keen, reposeful man who has his brain cool at all hours.

    Side Lights James Runciman
  • I sank into a kind of reposeful belief in the work of accident.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • A silence which was new to them, a cool and reposeful silence, had come upon them and held them.

    A Melody in Silver Keene Abbott
  • Kenneth McVeigh sauntered along the avenue, tall, careless, reposeful.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • But no other suggestion of these successive evictions was ever visible in the reposeful serenity of the spot.

  • Just one reposeful face—as both trains halted a second or two.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
Word Origin and History for reposeful

1852, "full of repose," from repose (n.) + -ful. Earlier it meant "responsible" (1620s), from repose (v.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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