- kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
- of medium quantity, extent, or amount: a moderate income.
- mediocre or fair: moderate talent.
- calm or mild, as of the weather.
- of or relating to moderates, as in politics or religion.
- a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, especially in politics or religion.
- (usually initial capital letter) a member of a political party advocating moderate reform.
- to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous: to moderate the sharpness of one's words.
- to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).
- to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.
- to act as moderator; preside.
Origin of moderate
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Examples from the Web for moderately
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
In the era of Tea Party stunts and dramatic fan-based delays, the debate was moderately fussy.What Al Franken’s Normcore Senate Race Can Teach Other Democrats
Ana Marie Cox
October 27, 2014
For a mere generation, UK-wide public policy had matched the notion of Scottish egalitarianism, at least moderately.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
For diehards of the show, staying abreast of everything that happens to Ted and the gang is moderately difficult.Everything You Need to Know About 'How I Met Your Mother'
March 31, 2014
In America the reasonably well-off and moderately comfortable are the angry masses.P.J. O’Rourke on Grabbing the Keys to Happiness
P. J. O’Rourke
January 24, 2014
Then he gave Kelly a moderately truthful account of what had occurred.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
Bake in a moderately quick oven for about a quarter of an hour.The Skilful Cook
Moderately, but it's not the kind of place one could possibly go to with a lady.
We were all moderately civil and collected, though I had my suspicions.
"If you see me moderately soon," said Madame Beattie pleasantly.The Prisoner
- not extreme or excessive; within due or reasonable limitsmoderate demands
- not violent; mild or temperate
- of average quality or extentmoderate success
- a person who holds moderate views, esp in politics
- to become or cause to become less extreme or violent
- (when intr, often foll by over) to preside over a meeting, discussion, etc
- British and NZ to act as an external moderator of the overall standards and marks for (some types of educational assessment)
- physics to slow down (neutrons), esp by using a moderator
- (tr) to monitor (the conversations in an on-line chatroom) for bad language, inappropriate content, etc
Word Origin and History for moderately
late 14c., originally of weather and other physical conditions, from Latin moderatus "within bounds, observing moderation;" figuratively "modest, restrained," past participle of moderari "to regulate, mitigate, restrain, temper, set a measure, keep (something) within measure," related to modus "measure," from PIE *med-es-, from base *med- (see medical (adj.)). The notion is "keeping within due measure." In English, of persons from early 15c.; of opinions from 1640s; of prices from 1904. Related: Moderateness.
early 15c., "to abate excessiveness;" from Latin moderatus, past participle of moderari (see moderate (adj.)). Meaning "to preside over a debate" is first attested 1570s. Related: Moderated; moderating.
"one who holds moderate opinions on controversial subjects," 1794, from moderate (adj.). Related: Moderatism; -moderantism.