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[lev-uh l-hed-id] /ˈlɛv əlˈhɛd ɪd/
having common sense and sound judgment; sensible.
Origin of levelheaded
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; level + head + -ed3
Related forms
levelheadedly, adverb
levelheadedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Kincaide, my level-headed second officer, glanced curiously at Hendricks.

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  • Far more from my own intelligent, level-headed German assistant.

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  • He seemed to me to be about as cool and level-headed a man as I ever met.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • And marm and dad will praise you for being so level-headed today.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • It was lucky he had that level-headed soldier operator to advise him.

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British Dictionary definitions for level-headed


even-tempered, balanced, and reliable; steady
Derived Forms
level-headedly, adverb
level-headedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for level-headed



also level-headed, 1869, from level (adj.) + head (n.). The notion is of "balanced." Related: Levelheadedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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