equa·​ble | \ ˈe-kwə-bəl How to pronounce equable (audio) , ˈē- How to pronounce equable (audio) \

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

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Other Words from equable

equability \ ˌe-​kwə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce equability (audio) , ˌē-​ \ noun
equableness \ ˈe-​kwə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce equableness (audio) , ˈē-​ \ noun
equably \ ˈe-​kwə-​blē How to pronounce equably (audio) , ˈē-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for equable

steady, even, equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement. steady progress even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character. an even distribution equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes. maintain an equable temper

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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".

Examples of equable in a Sentence

an area with an equable climate would be our first choice for a place in which to settle
Recent Examples on the Web It’s here, in the narration, that the novel finds itself — in the equable plainness of its language, a plainness that is nevertheless impressionistic and light-filled. Samantha Harvey, New York Times, "Was There a Murder on the Mayflower?," 16 Mar. 2020 Espionage and intelligence are so conducive to mistrust that the people who make the best use of them tend to be the most equable and disinclined to suspicion. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of equable

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for equable

Latin aequabilis, from aequare to make level or equal, from aequus

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“Equable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equable. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of equable

formal : tending to remain calm : free from sudden or harsh changes

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