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sober

(sō′bər)
adj. sober·er, sober·est
1. Not intoxicated or affected by the use of alcohol or drugs.
2. Abstaining from or habitually abstemious in the use of alcoholic drink or other intoxicants: a former addict who has been sober for 10 years.

so′ber·ly adv.
so′ber·ness n.

sober

(sō′bĕr) [L. sobrius, not drunk, sober]
1. Not intoxicated by alcohol or psychoactive drugs, including recreational drugs.
2. Habitually moderate or temperate, esp. regarding alcohol.
3. Quiet and serious in behavior.
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"Am soberer than ever," he reported, while suffering drug-induced epileptic fits and violent paranoid hallucinations.
So if the first half of Actors' Equity's colorful history has been marked by advances that jibe with the sociopolitical concerns of the day, its recent achievements have been replete with pragmatic measures and soberer matters: guidelines on the use of potentially harmful "smoke and fog" on stage, limits on raked stages, a landmark 401(K) plan with a 3-percent employer contribution in 2000, and a recently instituted law that protects the earnings of child performers.
As William James bracingly put it in a 1910 essay, "To coal and iron mines, to freight trains, to fishing fleets in December, to dishwashing, clothes washing, and window-washing, to road-building and tunnel-making, to foundries and stoke-holes, and to frames of skyscrapers, would our gilded youths be drafted off, according to their choice, to get childishness knocked out of them, and to come back into society with healthier sympathies and soberer ideas."
In Forrest McDonald's "The Madison Legacy: A Jeffersonian Perspective," he is the "soberer if less original genius" who repeatedly moderates Jefferson's theoretical excesses and thus vouchsafes us the America we know.
The instruments from Berge and Myers (2000), McKee and Soberer (1992) and Wiesanberg and Hutton (1995) have provided a framework upon which these categories have been placed.
The teacher's role, then, is to advocate informed forethought against the merchants of impulsiveness, to pitch the soberer pleasures of childhood, such as sports and friendship, against the pull of genital sex.
Far soberer matters filled last night, with Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in what used to be its traditional place as the work bringing every Three Choirs Festival to its close.
The same qualifies so initially attractive in Milnes may have seemed increasingly frivolous to Arthur's soberer perspective; certainly Cousin's pupil appears to have received the outpouring of thought and emotion from Scotland and Malvern too lightly.
Instead of comparing their before- and after-merger performances, a regression with appropriate controls is considered a better alternative (see Lichtenberg and Siegel [1990], and Ravenscraft and Soberer [1987, 75-122] for examples of such models).
In a letter to an Earl living back home, one of the soberer characters writes about Quebecois customs: "The winter is passed in a mixture of festivity and inaction; dancing and feasting in their gayer hours; in their graver smoking, and drinking brandy, by the side of a warm stove" (Brooke n.d.: 167).