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[ek-wuh-buh l, 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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1. steady, even, temperate.


1. variable.
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Examples from the Web for equably

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  • "You can't stop my knowing the truth," answered Foyle equably.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • "That is perhaps possible," the Inspector agreed, equably enough.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "I should think it was the old Harry by your tone," rejoined Zeke equably.


    Clara Louise Burnham

  • "You're a bossy sort of slob, Heslet Quillan," she said equably.


    James H Schmitz

  • "You-all had a gun in yore hand when we stahted in," said Sandy equably.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

British Dictionary definitions for equably


  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 equably



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

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