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equable

[ek-wuh-buh l, ee-kwuh-]
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adjective
  1. free from many changes or variations; uniform: an equable climate; an equable temperament.
  2. uniform in operation or effect, as laws.
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Origin of equable

1635–45; < Latin aequābilis that can be made equal, similar, equivalent to aequ(us) equal, even + -ābilis -able
Related formseq·ua·bil·i·ty, eq·ua·ble·ness, nouneq·ua·bly, adverbnon·eq·ua·bil·i·ty, nounnon·eq·ua·ble, adjectivenon·eq·ua·ble·ness, nounnon·eq·ua·bly, adverbun·eq·ua·bil·i·ty, nounun·eq·ua·ble, adjectiveun·eq·ua·ble·ness, nounun·eq·ua·bly, adverb
Can be confusedequable equitable

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1. steady, even, temperate.

Antonyms

1. variable.
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British Dictionary definitions for equableness

equable

adjective
  1. even-tempered; placid
  2. unvarying; uniforman equable climate
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Derived Formsequability or equableness, nounequably, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin aequābilis, from aequāre to make equal
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Word Origin and History for equableness

equable

adj.

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

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