temperate
adjective Etymology: Middle English temperat, from Latin temperatus, from past participle of temperare Date: 14th century 1. marked by moderation: as a. keeping or held within limits ; not extreme or excessive ; mild b. moderate in indulgence of appetite or desire c. moderate in the use of alcoholic beverages d. marked by an absence or avoidance of extravagance, violence, or extreme partisanship 2. a. having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes in temperature b. found in or associated with a moderate climate <
temperate insects
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3. existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis <
temperate bacteriophages
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temperately adverbtemperateness noun

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  • Temperate — Tem per*ate, a. [L. temperatus, p. p. of temperare. See {Temper}, v. t.] 1. Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate. [1913 Webster] 2. Not marked with passion; not violent; cool; calm; as, temperate language. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • temperate — [tem′pər it, tem′prit] adj. [ME temperat < L temperatus, pp. of temperare, to TEMPER] 1. moderate in indulging the appetites; not self indulgent; abstemious, esp. in the use of alcoholic liquors 2. moderate in one s actions, speech, etc.; self …   English World dictionary

  • Temperate — Tem per*ate, v. t. To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It inflames temperance, and temperates wrath. Marston. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • temperate — late 14c., of persons, modest, forbearing, self restrained, from L. temperatus restrained, regulated, from pp. of temperare to moderate, regulate (see TEMPER (Cf. temper)). Applied to climates mid 15c.; temperate zone is attested from 1550s …   Etymology dictionary

  • temperate — [adj1] calm, moderate agreeable, balmy, checked, clement, collected, composed, conservative, constant, cool, curbed, discreet, dispassionate, equable, even, even tempered, fair, gentle, levelheaded, medium, mild, modest, pleasant, reasonable,… …   New thesaurus

  • temperate — index charitable (lenient), controlled (restrained), dispassionate, judicious, normal (sane) …   Law dictionary

  • temperate — 1 *moderate Analogous words: mild, gentle, lenient, *soft: *steady, even, equable, constant: restrained, curbed, checked (see RESTRAIN) Antonyms: intemperate: inordinate 2 *sober, continent, unimpassioned Analogous w …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • temperate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating or referring to a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures. 2) showing moderation or self restraint. DERIVATIVES temperately adverb. ORIGIN Latin temperatus, from temperare mingle, restrain …   English terms dictionary

  • temperate — tem|per|ate [ temp(ə)rət ] adjective 1. ) a temperate CLIMATE or region is never extremely hot or extremely cold: temperate countries/regions/zones temperate weather a ) used about plants and animals that live in temperate areas: temperate… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • temperate — UK [ˈtemp(ə)rət] / US adjective 1) a) science a temperate climate or region is never extremely hot or extremely cold temperate countries/regions/zones temperate weather b) used about plants and animals that live in temperate areas temperate… …   English dictionary

  • temperate — adjective a) Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate. Hepaticology, outside the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, still lies deep in the shadow cast by that ultimate closet taxonomist, Franz Stephani a ghost… …   Wiktionary

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