- 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 temperately
The quartet is presented with a pitcher of syrup, which the waiter advises we apply “temperately, but not timidly.”The Hunt for New Orleans’s Secret Dish
Jane & Michael Stern
April 6, 2014
"I am no seeking to excuse the man," said Sir Archy, temperately.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
And he bade her feel his pulse, how temperately it beat, not like a madman's.Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
"Well, they are of all kinds, of course," said Powell temperately.
"Now look here, Beth; don't be rabid," said Dan temperately.
They cared not for luxury; but they lived naturally and temperately.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
- 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 temperately
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.