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equable

[ek-wuh-buh l, ee-kwuh-] /ˈɛk wə bəl, ˈi kwə-/
adjective
1.
free from many changes or variations; uniform:
an equable climate; an equable temperament.
2.
uniform in operation or effect, as laws.
Origin of equable
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin aequābilis that can be made equal, similar, equivalent to aequ(us) equal, even + -ābilis -able
Related forms
equability, equableness, noun
equably, adverb
nonequability, noun
nonequable, adjective
nonequableness, noun
nonequably, adverb
unequability, noun
unequable, adjective
unequableness, noun
unequably, adverb
Can be confused
equable, equitable.
Synonyms
1. steady, even, temperate.
Antonyms
1. variable.
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Examples from the Web for equability
Historical Examples
  • His remainder of equability departed; his impatience increased.

  • The equability of the temperature is probably conducive to health.

  • How this equability of temperature has been maintained does not now matter.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • Caroline had something of her father's equability under attack.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • Its poise and equability began to grow trivial, its exalted familiarity to become mere vulgarity.

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis
  • There were storms enough without, and equability was to be desired at the fireside even at a sacrifice of deeper pleasures.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Seeing that her accuser was silent and confused, Lydia recovered her tongue and colour, and the equability of her temper.

    The Silent House Fergus Hume
  • A remarkable fact, characteristic of the country west of the Rocky Mountains, is the mildness and equability of the climate.

    Astoria Washington Irving
  • Still more noteworthy, however, was the unvarying sweetness and equability of her disposition.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The equability of heat throughout the day is masked and relieved by the afternoon sea breezes.

British Dictionary definitions for equability

equable

/ˈɛkwəbəl/
adjective
1.
even-tempered; placid
2.
unvarying; uniform: an equable climate
Derived Forms
equability, equableness, noun
equably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aequābilis, from aequāre to make equal
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Word Origin and History for equability
n.

1530s, from Latin aequabilitas, from aequabilis (see equable).

equable

adj.

1670s, back-formation from equability or else from Latin aequabilis "equal, consistent, uniform," from aequare "make uniform" (see equate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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