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sober

(of colours) plain and dull or subdued
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The M4 relief road represents an epic financial commitment and is a project that demands the soberest analysis at every stage of the planning.
Koestler refers to a state "which the mystics called 'ecstasy' and saints 'contemplation'; the greatest and soberest of modern psychologists had recognized this state as a fact and called it the 'oceanic sense'.
Then there was the year where I made the mistake of not drinking as much as my friends and realised how annoying it is to be the soberest person at the party.