[ek-wuh-buhl, ee-kwuh-]


free from many changes or variations; uniform: an equable climate; an equable temperament.
uniform in operation or effect, as laws.

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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Examples from the Web for equable

Contemporary Examples of equable

Historical Examples of equable

  • And she had the most equable of dispositions, her laughter ever rang out so heartily!


    Emile Zola

  • Who would prefer such an alternation to the equable life of pure thought?

  • Mrs de Barral was an equable, unassuming woman, at that time.


    Joseph Conrad

  • A full and equable contempt would soon do away with that, too.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The men were happy, not hilariously so, but in a placid, equable fashion.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for equable



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

Word Origin for equable

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

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

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