temperate


tem·per·ate

adjective \ˈtem-p(ə-)rət\

: 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: 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>
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

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

tem·per·ate

adjective \ˈtem-p(ə-)rət\   (Medical Dictionary)

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>
tem·per·ate·ly adverb

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