tem·per·ate | \ ˈtem-p(ə-)rət \

Definition of temperate 

1a : having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes in temperature

b : found in or associated with a moderate climate temperate insects

2 : marked by moderation: such 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

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

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Other words from temperate

temperately adverb
temperateness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for temperate


balmy, clement, equable, genial, gentle, mild, moderate, soft


harsh, inclement, intemperate, severe

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Examples of temperate in a Sentence

They had a temperate discussion. He is a temperate man.

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In a concession to New York's less temperate climate, the new park will open seasonally and take a break in the winter. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Legoland New York to be the next Lego park assembled," 29 Jan. 2018 The study is the first instance of a temperate plant being primarily dispersed by mammals through their gut, Levi said. Washington Post, "Facebook will verify IDs by mail for ads," 6 Mar. 2018 Monthly averages for May in Sacramento are very temperate with an average high of 80 degrees and low of 51. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 The temperate weather in Central Florida means that outdoor fitness is possible year-round. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tips for staying safe when working out in Central Florida," 27 Mar. 2018 However, Watson is believed to be more temperate and pragmatic than McDaniel. USA TODAY, "How Thad Cochran's retirement impacts Mississippi midterm elections, political landscape," 5 Mar. 2018 To beat the crowds, enjoy temperate weather, and spot abundant wildlife, go on weekdays in mid-August when kids are back in school and families are less apt to travel. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Insider Secrets to Optimize Your National Park Visit," 22 Jan. 2018 North-central Colorado is ideal for storing seeds because the thin air from the high altitude, low humidity and temperate climate make the water content of seeds easy to control, maximizing their longevity. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 This is hitting Boulder and San Miguel counties especially hard in the warmer months because they are used to a temperate climate. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of temperate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for temperate

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

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English Language Learners 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


tem·per·ate | \ ˈtem-pə-rət , -prət \

Kids Definition of temperate

1 : keeping or held within limits : not extreme or excessive temperate pride

2 : not drinking much liquor

3 : showing self-control Though angry, he used temperate language.

4 : having a mild climate that is not too hot or too cold


tem·per·ate | \ ˈtem-p(ə-)rət \

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

Other words from temperate

temperately adverb

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