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[ek-wuh-buhl, ee-kwuh-]
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  1. free from many changes or variations; uniform: an equable climate; an equable temperament.
  2. uniform in operation or effect, as laws.
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Origin of equable

1635–45; < Latin aequābilis that can be made equal, similar, equivalent to aequ(us) equal, even + -ābilis -able
Related formseq·ua·bil·i·ty, eq·ua·ble·ness, nouneq·ua·bly, adverbnon·eq·ua·bil·i·ty, nounnon·eq·ua·ble, adjectivenon·eq·ua·ble·ness, nounnon·eq·ua·bly, adverbun·eq·ua·bil·i·ty, nounun·eq·ua·ble, adjectiveun·eq·ua·ble·ness, nounun·eq·ua·bly, adverb
Can be confusedequable equitable


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Historical Examples

  • His remainder of equability departed; his impatience increased.

    Beauchamp's Career, Complete

    George Meredith

  • The equability of the temperature is probably conducive to health.

  • How this equability of temperature has been maintained does not now matter.


    David Todd

  • Caroline had something of her father's equability under attack.

    The Graftons

    Archibald Marshall

  • Its poise and equability began to grow trivial, its exalted familiarity to become mere vulgarity.

British Dictionary definitions for equability


  1. even-tempered; placid
  2. unvarying; uniforman equable climate
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Derived Formsequability or equableness, nounequably, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin aequābilis, from aequāre to make equal
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Word Origin and History for equability


1530s, from Latin aequabilitas, from aequabilis (see equable).

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1670s, back-formation from equability or else from Latin aequabilis "equal, consistent, uniform," from aequare "make uniform" (see equate).

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