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temperate

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adjective tem·per·ate \ˈtem-p(ə-)rət\

Simple Definition of temperate

  • : having temperatures that are not too hot or too cold

  • : emotionally calm and controlled

  • : avoiding behavior that goes beyond what is normal, healthy, or acceptable

Full Definition of temperate

  1. 1 :  marked by moderation: asa :  keeping or held within limits :  not extreme or excessive :  mildb :  moderate in indulgence of appetite or desirec :  moderate in the use of alcoholic beveragesd :  marked by an absence or avoidance of extravagance, violence, or extreme partisanship

  2. 2a :  having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes in temperatureb :  found in or associated with a moderate climate <temperate insects>

  3. 3 :  existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis <temperate bacteriophages>

tem·per·ate·ly adverb
tem·per·ate·ness noun

Examples of temperate

  1. They had a temperate discussion.

  2. He is a temperate man.



Origin of temperate

Middle English temperat, from Latin temperatus, from past participle of temperare


First Known Use: 14th century

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Medical Dictionary

temperate

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adjective tem·per·ate \ˈtem-p(ə-)rət\

Medical Definition of temperate

  1. 1:  marked by moderation; especially :  moderate in the use of intoxicating liquors

  2. 2:  existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis <temperate bacteriophages>

  3. tem·per·ate·ly adverb





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