One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the patient had to be sedated heavily’
tranquillize, give a sedative to, put under sedation, calm down, quieten, pacify, soothe, relax, dope, drug, administer drugs to, administer narcotics to, administer opiates to, knock out, anaesthetize
1‘sedate suburban domesticity’
calm, tranquil, placid, composed, serene, steady, unruffled, imperturbable, unflappable
dignified, serious, serious-minded, formal, decorous, proper, prim, demure, sober, earnest, staid, stiff, stuffy, boring
informal starchy, stick-in-the-mud
2‘they continued at a more sedate pace’
slow, unhurried, relaxed, leisurely, unrushed, slow-moving, slow-going, slow and steady, easy, easy-going, gentle, comfortable, restful, undemanding, lazy, languid, languorous, plodding, dawdling, leisured, measured, steady
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