- calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement: a sedate party; a sedate horse.
- to put (a person) under sedation.
Origin of sedate
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Examples from the Web for sedately
The French governess marched primly and sedately behind them.The Letter of the Contract
“I am very much obliged to both of you,” returned Nettie sedately.A Dear Little Girl at School
Amy E. Blanchard
"I don't like to see young men too fond of money," she observed, sedately.Dialstone Lane, Complete
"Philip suits you very well," Miss Blair answered, sedately.A Man of Two Countries
"That is not the surprise I have in store," returned Arabella sedately.Sandra Belloni, Complete
- habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
- staid, sober, or decorous
- (tr) to administer a sedative to
Word Origin and History for sedately
"calm, quiet," 1660s, from Latin sedatus "composed, moderate, quiet, tranquil," past participle of sedare "to settle, calm," causative of sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). Related: Sedately.
"treat with sedatives," 1945, a back-formation from the noun derivative of sedative (adj.). The word also existed 17c. in a sense "make calm or quiet." Related: Sedated; sedating.
- To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.