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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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  • Jimmy's tone was equable, but he shot Hanson a quick glance.

    The Black Pearl Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • There was something round and equable about this man's talk, and about his creeds.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • The only equable motion she has, is her revolution on her own axis.

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

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • In daylight radiancy and equable colouring he is surpassed perhaps by Veronese.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • The men were happy, not hilariously so, but in a placid, equable fashion.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It is frequently stated, as a reason for its equable climate, that Scilly lies right in the course of the Gulf Stream.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • They hardly knew the man, usually so equable and quiet as to be almost stolid.

    That Stick Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I was really anxious about her; she was so strangely unlike her calm, equable self.

    The Argosy Various
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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