equable

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adjective equa·ble \ˈe-kwə-bəl, ˈē-\

Definition of equable

  1. 1 :  marked by lack of variation or change :  uniform <an equable distance apart>

  2. 2 :  marked by lack of noticeable, unpleasant, or extreme variation or inequality <an equable temperament>

equability

play \ˌe-kwə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌē-\ noun

equableness

play \ˈe-kwə-bəl-nəs, ˈē-\ noun

equably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of equable in a sentence

  1. <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

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>.

EQUABLE Defined for English Language Learners

equable

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adjective equa·ble \ˈe-kwə-bəl, ˈē-\

Definition of equable for English Language Learners

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



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