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downbeat

adjective     /ˈdaʊn.biːt/ informal
quiet and without much excitement: The actual signing of the treaty was a downbeat affair without any ceremony. I thought he'd be really excited, but he seemed rather downbeat. → Compare upbeatCalm and relaxed
(Definition of downbeat adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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