The quality or state of being staid; seriousness; steadiness; sedateness; regularity; -- the opposite of wildness, or levity.
If sometimes he appears too gray, yet a secret gracefulness of youth accompanies his writings, though the staidness and sobriety of age wanting.
Syn. -- Sobriety; gravity; steadiness; regularity; constancy; firmness; stability; sedateness.
© Webster 1913.