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[si-deyt] /sɪˈdeɪt/
calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement:
a sedate party; a sedate horse.
verb (used with object), sedated, sedating.
to put (a person) under sedation.
Origin of sedate
1640-50; < Latin sēdātus (past participle of sēdāre to allay, quieten); akin to sedēre to sit1
Related forms
sedately, adverb
sedateness, noun
unsedate, adjective
unsedately, adverb
unsedateness, noun
1. collected, serene, unruffled, unperturbed. See staid. Unabridged
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  • Think upon the subject calmly and sedately, and form your resolution in the course of three days.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • "I don't like to see young men too fond of money," she observed, sedately.

  • He walked along quietly and sedately, without hurry, to avoid awakening suspicion.

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Both were quiet, or sedately moving, and they were nearly alike.

    Marvels of Pond-life Henry J. Slack
  • Meanwhile I was sedately mounting (as my rank required now) with a very old pilot's coat, well worn out, hanging over my left arm.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • "Good-morning," said Gwenna sedately, and without giving him so much as a glance.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • After the early tea Aunt Susan sat down in one of the porch rockers with her knitting and Wilbur sedately took another.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • The wines which Henry served so quietly and sedately were of the best.

    Spies of the Kaiser William Le Queux
  • There were falling bands at the neck for those who wished, while the sedately inclined wore white linen collars.

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
  • I said sedately: "I am sure Miss Million will be glad to let you call."

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
British Dictionary definitions for sedately


habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
staid, sober, or decorous
Derived Forms
sedately, adverb
sedateness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sēdāre to soothe; related to sedēre to sit


(transitive) to administer a sedative to
Word Origin
C20: back formation from sedative
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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.



"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.

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sedately in Medicine

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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