[lev-uh l-hed-id]


having common sense and sound judgment; sensible.

Origin of levelheaded

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; level + head + -ed3
Related formslev·el·head·ed·ly, adverblev·el·head·ed·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of level-headed

  • This level-headed man of logic, however, is also a creature of moods and funks.

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    Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up

    Tom Boswell

    September 27, 2014

  • What it could use more of are thoughtful, level-headed types of the sort that the old Bobby Jindal would have liked.

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    Has Bobby Jindal Gone Mad?

    Michelle Cottle

    June 21, 2013

  • With only a few exceptions, none of the factions embody any principles of “moderation” or level-headed pragmatism.

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    Noah Kristula-Green

    March 29, 2013

  • The moment epitomized for me the absence of level-headed and intelligent political discourse about Israel.

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    Why I Booed Jerusalem

    Alex Yudelson

    September 10, 2012

  • The level-headed Michael Kopolow explains why this is probably not true.

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    Welfare Reform? Not For The Orthodox

    Raphael Magarik

    June 13, 2012

Historical Examples of level-headed

  • Kincaide, my level-headed second officer, glanced curiously at Hendricks.

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    Sewell Peaslee Wright

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

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

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

  • And marm and dad will praise you for being so level-headed today.

  • It was lucky he had that level-headed soldier operator to advise him.

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    Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for level-headed



even-tempered, balanced, and reliable; steady
Derived Formslevel-headedly, adverblevel-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.

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