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[tem-per-it, tem-prit] /ˈtɛm pər ɪt, ˈtɛm prɪt/
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
1350-1400; Middle English temperat < Latin temperātus, past participle of temperāre to exercise restraint, control. See temper, -ate1
Related forms
temperately, adverb
temperateness, noun
nontemperate, adjective
nontemperately, adverb
nontemperateness, noun
pretemperate, adjective
pretemperately, adverb
untemperate, adjective
untemperately, adverb
untemperateness, noun
1. sober, dispassionate.
Synonym Study
1. See moderate. Unabridged
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  • "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.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • "Now look here, Beth; don't be rabid," said Dan temperately.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • They cared not for luxury; but they lived naturally and temperately.

  • But Cranmer, to whom they were chiefly entrusted, advanced them steadily and temperately.

  • I do not object to this destination, if temperately pursued.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • "At least, as a fair-minded man, you will look into the matter," said McNish temperately.

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
  • Francis Galton has been temperately persistent in a marked degree.

    Rustic Sounds Francis Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for temperately


/ˈtɛmpərɪt; ˈtɛmprɪt/
having a climate intermediate between tropical and polar; moderate or mild in temperature
mild in quality or character; exhibiting temperance
Derived Forms
temperately, adverb
temperateness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin temperātus
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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.

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temperately in Medicine

temperate tem·per·ate (těm'pər-ĭt, těm'prĭt)
Exercising moderation and self-restraint.

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temperately in Science
Marked by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate.
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