sedate

[si-deyt]
adjective
1.
calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement: a sedate party; a sedate horse.
verb (used with object), sedated, sedating.
2.
to put (a person) under sedation.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin sēdātus (past participle of sēdāre to allay, quieten); akin to sedēre to sit1

sedately, adverb
sedateness, noun
unsedate, adjective
unsedately, adverb
unsedateness, noun


1. collected, serene, unruffled, unperturbed. See staid.
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sedate1 (sɪˈdeɪt)
 
adj
1.  habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
2.  staid, sober, or decorous
 
[C17: from Latin sēdāre to soothe; related to sedēre to sit]
 
se'dately1
 
adv
 
se'dateness1
 
n

sedate2 (sɪˈdeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to administer a sedative to
 
[C20: back formation from sedative]

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sedate
1663, from L. sedatus "composed, moderate, quiet, tranquil," pp. of sedare "to settle, calm," causative of sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). The verb meaning "treat with sedatives" is a 1945 back-formation from the noun derivative of sedative (adj.).
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sedate se·date (sĭ-dāt')
v. se·dat·ed, se·dat·ing, se·dates
To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.

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Example sentences
They also had plenty of info, good spirit, and beer to keep us sedate.
Sedate biographers are apt to regard such whims as unimportant.
Development may be moving at a more sedate pace for the time being.
They arrange for him to make his relatively sedate second video.
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