Temperate Definition

tĕmpər-ĭt, tĕmprĭt
Moderate in indulging the appetites; not self-indulgent; abstemious, esp. in the use of alcoholic beverages.
Webster's New World
Moderate in one's actions, speech, etc.; self-restrained.
Webster's New World
Neither very hot nor very cold.
Webster's New World
Moderate or restrained.
A temperate reply.
Webster's New World
Having a temperate climate.
Webster's New World
(obsolete) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.

Origin of Temperate

  • Middle English temperat from Latin temperātus from past participle of temperāre to temper temper

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin temperatus, past participle of temperare (“moderate, forbear, combine properly"). See temper.

    From Wiktionary

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