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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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  • But Nan, equably as she might counsel him, was herself apprehensive.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • "That is perhaps possible," the Inspector agreed, equably enough.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • "Well, I don't want to set a fashion," said the other equably.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "You're a bossy sort of slob, Heslet Quillan," she said equably.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • "He was tee-toiler," repeated Mr. Gribble, regarding her equably.

    The Weaker Vessel W.W. Jacobs
  • "You-all had a gun in yore hand when we stahted in," said Sandy equably.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • He leaned over and felt his heart; it beat feebly but equably, and he muttered something unintelligible when Robinson touched him.

  • "Perhaps we are worthy to hear it," suggested Holgate equably.

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • As a matter of historic fact, it didn't; it arose in the most equably civilised period the world has ever seen.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for equably


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 equably



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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