Simple Definition of equable
: tending to remain calm : free from sudden or harsh changes
Full Definition of equable
1 : marked by lack of variation or change : uniform <an equable distance apart>
2 : marked by lack of noticeable, unpleasant, or extreme variation or inequality <an equable temperament>
equabilityplay \ˌe-kwə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌē-\ noun
equablenessplay \ˈe-kwə-bəl-nəs, ˈē-\ noun
equablyplay \-blē\ adverb
Examples of equable in a sentence
<an area with an equable climate would be our first choice for a place in which to settle>
Did You Know?
Equable usually describes either climate or personality. The word seems to be used less today than in decades past, maybe because the personality type is less admired than it used to be. A steady, calm, equable personality may not produce much excitement but usually makes for a good worker and a good parent, and maybe even a longer life. In the words of the poet Robert Service: "Avoid extremes: be moderate / In saving and in spending. / An equable and easy gait / Will win an easy ending".
Origin and Etymology of equable
Latin aequabilis, from aequare to make level or equal, from aequus
First Known Use: 1677
Synonym Discussion of equable
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