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[kuh m-pohzd] /kəmˈpoʊzd/
calm; tranquil; serene:
His composed face reassured the nervous passengers.
Origin of composed
First recorded in 1475-85; compose + -ed2
Related forms
[kuh m-poh-zid-lee] /kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
composedness, noun
uncomposed, adjective
well-composed, adjective
agitated, perturbed.
Synonym Study
See calm. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for composedly
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  • “Oh, quite too soon,” returned Helen, as composedly as a person twice her age.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • "It's some money I made on my own account," I replied, as composedly as I could.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • Some leapt in the air, but the most part knelt quietly and composedly.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • Corinne led the way to one of the doors and opened it composedly.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • The stranger sat eying me composedly, even pleasantly, as if waiting for me to reach some conclusion regarding himself.

  • "Take your time," said Aunt Hannah, composedly buttering the toast.

  • The decorous maid announced him composedly as he made his entrance.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • "That's the way for you to think," said Elmira, composedly, disregarding the thrust at her own celibacy.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • "I have no doubt she is the same person," said Belle, composedly.

    The Lamplighter Maria S. Cummins
  • He composedly tucked the derringer into his waistcoat pocket again.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for composedly


(of people) calm; tranquil; serene
Derived Forms
composedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ) adverb
composedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for composedly



"calm, tranquil," c.1600, past participle adjective frome compose (v.). Related: Composedly; composedness.

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