- 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