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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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  • "You can't stop my knowing the truth," answered Foyle equably.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • "That is perhaps possible," the Inspector agreed, equably enough.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • "I should think it was the old Harry by your tone," rejoined Zeke equably.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • "You're a bossy sort of slob, Heslet Quillan," she said equably.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • "You-all had a gun in yore hand when we stahted in," said Sandy equably.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • "Perhaps we are worthy to hear it," suggested Holgate equably.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • Praising him equably, she listened to praise of him with animation.

  • He pronounced this equably, but she was conscious of the presence of an injury in his voice.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
  • "Called after her grandmother," said Ruth Thrale, equably—chattily.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
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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