Definition of temperate
1 : marked by moderation: such asa : keeping or held within limits : not extreme or excessive : mildb : moderate in indulgence of appetite or desirec : moderate in the use of alcoholic beveragesd : marked by an absence or avoidance of extravagance, violence, or extreme partisanship
2a : having a moderate climate which especially lacks extremes in temperatureb : found in or associated with a moderate climate temperate insects
3 : existing as a prophage in infected cells and rarely causing lysis temperate bacteriophages
Examples of temperate in a sentence
They had a temperate discussion.
He is a temperate man.
Origin and Etymology of temperate
Middle English temperat, from Latin temperatus, from past participle of temperare
First Known Use: 14th century
TEMPERATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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
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