- moderate or self-restrained; not extreme in opinion, statement, etc.: a temperate response to an insulting challenge.
- moderate as regards indulgence of appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.
- not excessive in degree, as things, qualities, etc.
- moderate in respect to temperature; not subject to prolonged extremes of hot or cold weather.
- Microbiology. (of a virus) existing in infected host cells but rarely causing lysis.
Origin of temperate
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Examples from the Web for temperate
Houston, where I have been working as a consultant, hardly qualifies as one of the most physically attractive or temperate cities.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
Many Indians regard it as a quasi-mythical place, a land of lush hills, temperate climate, martial men, and handsome women.Lush Places: The Scotland of India
March 25, 2014
From a lazy young man about town, I had become active, energetic, temperate, and above all—oh, above all else—ambitious.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Oregonians suffer through them in anticipation of the blissfully sunny and temperate summer.Hold Up, Hipsters: Stop Obsessing Over Oregon
January 10, 2014
No wonder that our top three airports are also in temperate climes.Airports From Hell
The Daily Beast
November 22, 2009
Not a hand was raised—for his worst enemies could not deny that he was temperate and frugal.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I am like the drunkard who admires a temperate life, yet can't pass a ginshop.In the Midst of Alarms
It was a mistake, then, was it, to be temperate and industrious?In the Valley
A temperate and instructive contribution to railroad literature.The Railroad Question
He was temperate in his rationalism and thrifty in his philanthropy.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
- having a climate intermediate between tropical and polar; moderate or mild in temperature
- mild in quality or character; exhibiting temperance
Word Origin and History for temperate
late 14c., of persons, "modest, forbearing, self-restrained," from Latin temperatus "restrained, regulated," from past participle of temperare "to moderate, regulate" (see temper (v.)). Applied to climates mid-15c.; temperate zone is attested from 1550s. Related: Temperately; temperateness.
- Exercising moderation and self-restraint.
- Marked by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate.