from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a placid manner; calmly; quietly; without disturbance or passion.

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  • adverb In a placid manner.

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  • adverb In a placid manner.

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  • adverb in a quiet and tranquil manner
  • adverb in a placid and good-natured manner


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