temperate

adjective tem·per·ate \ ˈtem-p(ə-)rət \

Definition of temperate

1 a :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

temperately

adverb

temperateness

noun

Examples of temperate in a Sentence

  1. They had a temperate discussion.

  2. He is a temperate man.

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Origin and Etymology of temperate

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

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TEMPERATE Defined for English Language Learners

temperate

adjective

Definition of temperate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TEMPERATE Defined for Kids

temperate

adjective tem·per·ate \ ˈtem-pə-rət , -prət \

Definition of temperate for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

temperate

adjective 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

temperately

adverb


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