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[ri-pohz-fuh l] /rɪˈpoʊz fəl/
full of or suggesting repose; calm; quiet.
Origin of reposeful
First recorded in 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. 2018.
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  • They were a phlegmatic race, placid, unimaginative, reposeful.

  • He had the reposeful self-assurance of a man who is conscious that he is idolized.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • I sank into a kind of reposeful belief in the work of accident.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Kenneth McVeigh sauntered along the avenue, tall, careless, reposeful.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Finland is reposeful; and has a charm about it which is particularly its own.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Though his eyes were closed he did not present a reposeful aspect.

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

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • This position must be light, active, buoyant, and reposeful.

    Expressive Voice Culture Jessie Eldridge Southwick
  • The reposeful Glen View is needed for the people who barter there.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • And the atmosphere they created was reposeful and agreeable.

    A Master Hand Richard Dallas
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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