- An island that does not experience wild swings in temperature is an example of an island with a temperate climate.
- A person who makes sure he doesn't overeat or over-indulge is an example of someone who would be described as temperate in his habits.
- moderate in indulging the appetites; not self-indulgent; abstemious, esp. in the use of alcoholic beverages
- moderate in one's actions, speech, etc.; self-restrained
- moderate or restrained: a temperate reply
- neither very hot nor very cold: said of climate, etc.
- having a temperate climate
Origin of temperateMiddle English temperat from Classical Latin temperatus, past participle of temperare, to temper
- a. Of or occurring in the Temperate Zone: temperate regions; temperate species.b. Characterized by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate; neither hot nor cold.
- a. Moderate in degree or quality; restrained: temperate criticism.b. Exercising moderation and self-restraint: learned to be temperate in eating and drinking.
- Biology Of or relating to a virus that infects bacterial cells but rarely causes lysis: temperate bacteriophages.
Origin of temperateMiddle English temperat from Latin temperātus from past participle of temperāre to temper ; see temper .
(comparative more temperate, superlative most temperate)
(third-person singular simple present temperates, present participle temperating, simple past and past participle temperated)
- (obsolete) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.