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  • 1(of a person or animal) not easily upset or excited.

    ‘this horse has a placid nature’
    • ‘Despite his life going downhill, he was still described by people who knew him as a gentle, placid, easy-going, amiable man.’
    • ‘His placid nature and sense of humour instilled confidence in patients seeking counselling.’
    • ‘The placid nature of many of the skits is due mostly in part to the fact that times have changed and so has the country's sense of what is funny.’
    • ‘They were easy targets, as the presence of people doesn't seem to disturb them and they are placid and friendly by nature.’
    • ‘To be fair, he makes a placid and generous early morning companion, unlikely to alarm with any gratuitous perkiness.’
    • ‘He was placid, very pleasant, proud, charming and unassuming.’
    • ‘To look after the wheelchair-bound at matches, you might think that only tolerant, placid individuals need apply.’
    • ‘She is very placid and wouldn't do anything to upset an animal.’
    • ‘In actual fact, any individual on the drug was so mild and placid, they stood more chance of being mugged themselves than causing a problem to anyone else.’
    • ‘The Cancer child is usually very placid and serene, with a loving and sympathetic disposition.’
    • ‘Some contend that he is too placid to succeed, and he understands why.’
    • ‘Chewie was just one-year-old whereas a lot of the other dogs were six or seven-years-old and a lot more placid but as long as Jessica is grooming him he is happy.’
    • ‘For years, he was a placid, unobtrusive student of his, but he's emerged from the long shadow cast by his mentor.’
    • ‘Normally, a placid, laissez-faire type, I began saying mean things about other drivers.’
    • ‘Two open carriages each pulled by a pair of placid horses had begun to make their parking lot rounds when I sat down.’
    • ‘People should also avoid getting between a cow and her calf as the maternal instinct could make otherwise placid animals aggressive.’
    • ‘He's more placid, but can still be unpredictable and difficult.’
    • ‘The placid, short-legged Ryelands suited the purpose, but have not been kept by the Royal Family since those days.’
    • ‘Then a genuine live television moment happens, the sort of occasion that could induce hyperekplexia in the most placid soul.’
    • ‘Now five months old, the three sisters are described as ‘really placid babies’ by their mum and dad.’
    even-tempered, calm, equable, tranquil, imperturbable, unexcitable, peaceable, peaceful, serene, mild, gentle, quiet, cool, cool-headed, collected, cool, calm, and collected, composed, self-possessed, poised, easy-going, temperate, level-headed, steady, unruffled, unmoved, undisturbed, unperturbed, unemotional, phlegmatic, stolid, bovine
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    1. 1.1(especially of a place or stretch of water) calm and peaceful, with little movement or activity.
      ‘the placid waters of a small lake’
      • ‘Few know that Hebbal Lake is an ideal place for a quiet paddle on placid waters.’
      • ‘It showed in her movements, those fine steps and twists that were as smooth as prized silk and as calm as the placid lake on a sunny day.’
      • ‘When the wind blows, it can be a fearsome proposition, yet, like all links, it is vulnerable when the weather is calm and placid.’
      • ‘It's the same in the fishing hamlets by this now calm and placid sea.’
      • ‘Ironically, the day of the Great Invasion was a very calm and placid one.’
      • ‘The sea was so calm and placid on top but underneath, it was as busy as a train station.’
      • ‘The views were striking, with the Mountains of Mourne on our right and, just after Kilcoo, the placid waters of Lough Island Reavy on our left.’
      • ‘But every one or two minutes, the placid water erupts in an explosion of mud, followed by a plume of white steam.’
      • ‘Together, they go angling for the state's native muskie fish in the placid waters of Rib Lake.’
      • ‘The moments sped, the ripples died away, the face of the pool grew placid and untroubled, and neither black nor golden head broke surface in quest of air.’
      • ‘Life in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Knapely is pleasant, but placid to the point of paralysis.’
      • ‘Despite the placid surface that suggested a serene dream, he twitched occasionally, as if his eyes would burst wide awake.’
      • ‘A couple of km further down the coast is a placid strip of sand known as Sunset Beach, which is a good option for the non-surfers.’
      • ‘Kayaking on the ocean is not the same as kayaking on a placid lake.’
      • ‘Theft is on the rise in previously placid rural areas.’
      • ‘I had no ambition of asking for a luxurious house by a placid lake from my husband because I was used to hearing airplanes every day.’
      • ‘Their somewhat placid life is disturbed when an old friend comes to stay.’
      • ‘We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.’
      • ‘At the southern tip of the city, another enterprising group is trying to market the placid backwaters of rural Kerala.’
      • ‘The Ouse may look placid, but it is cold, wide, deep and fast-flowing.’
      quiet, calm, tranquil, still, peaceful, motionless, smooth, waveless, pacific, unruffled, undisturbed, like a millpond
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/ˈplasəd/ /ˈplæsəd/


Early 17th century from French placide, from Latin placidus, from placere ‘to please’.