- 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 sedateness
Let us then, my Imogen, compose ourselves to the sedateness of despair.Imogen
Their simplicity, fervor, and sedateness had won his regard.
Despite her sedateness she had unmistakably the air of waiting at a tryst.The Roll-Call
She again noticed my sedateness, and inquired into the cause.Arthur Mervyn
Charles Brockden Brown
She felt too young for the sedateness into which her life was settling.Married Life
- habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
- staid, sober, or decorous
- (tr) to administer a sedative to
Word Origin and History for sedateness
"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.