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[ek-wuh-buh l, ee-kwuh-] /ˈɛk wə bəl, ˈi kwə-/
free from many changes or variations; uniform:
an equable climate; an equable temperament.
uniform in operation or effect, as laws.
Origin of equable
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.
1. steady, even, temperate.
1. variable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for equable
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  • And she had the most equable of dispositions, her laughter ever rang out so heartily!

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Who would prefer such an alternation to the equable life of pure thought?

    Philebus Plato
  • Mrs de Barral was an equable, unassuming woman, at that time.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • A full and equable contempt would soon do away with that, too.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The men were happy, not hilariously so, but in a placid, equable fashion.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • In spite of his sad rebuff, the spirit of John Pike had been equable.

    Crocker's Hole R. D. Blackmore
  • Therefore, these things did not surprise the calm, equable mind of Jem.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • They hardly knew the man, usually so equable and quiet as to be almost stolid.

    That Stick Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The climate was declared to be unequalled, salubrious, equable, pleasant and bracing.

British Dictionary definitions for equable


even-tempered; placid
unvarying; uniform: an equable climate
Derived Forms
equability, equableness, noun
equably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aequābilis, from aequāre to make equal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for equable

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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