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 : 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
2a : having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes in temperatureb : found in or associated with a moderate climate <temperate insects>
3 : existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis <temperate bacteriophages>
Examples of temperate
They had a temperate discussion.
He is a temperate man.
Origin of temperate
Middle English temperat, from Latin temperatus, from past participle of temperare
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of temperate
1: marked by moderation; especially : moderate in the use of intoxicating liquors
2: existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis <temperate bacteriophages>
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