Definition of temperate
- temperate insects
- temperate bacteriophages
They had a temperate discussion.
He is a temperate man.
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: 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
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