temperate

adjective
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

Synonyms

moderate

Antonyms

immoderate, intemperate

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Examples of temperate in a Sentence

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

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But no choir in the world could make Mr. Smith any warmer than temperate, any cooler than lukewarm. Jon Pareles, Jon Caramanica, Joe Coscarelli And Caryn Ganz, New York Times, "The Best and Worst of the Grammys," 29 Jan. 2018 Herbs are the leaves, stems, and flowers of those plants found in temperate climates, and are generally soft (like basil) or slightly woody (like rosemary). Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 And some cashmere wouldn’t go astray, either, especially with the random temperate drops on planes. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "19 Vogue Editors Share Their Ideal Holiday Travel Outfit," 15 Nov. 2018 Every acre of restored temperate forest can sequester 3 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 Barley is a fairly temperate crop, predominantly grown in cooler regions like the Northern Great Plains, North Central Europe, Australia, and the Asian steppe. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Barley shortages from climate change could mean less beer worldwide," 15 Oct. 2018 Understandably, Hirsch says the murder of such a temperate, approachable man made the rest of the Delawares fearful for their own lives. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Today," 25 May 2018 Farmers chose flatland with fertile soil in temperate climates. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 While definitely more prevalent in California due to the state’s temperate climate, examples of this style can be found across the country, from the suburbs of Chicago to New Canaan, Connecticut. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Mid-Century Modern Design," 13 Sep. 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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temperate

adjective

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

temperate

adjective
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

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

Other Words from temperate

temperately adverb

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