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Origin of moderate

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English moderate (adjective) moderaten (verb), from Latin moder膩tus (past participle of moder膩r墨 鈥渢o mitigate, restrain, control鈥), equivalent to moder膩- verb stem (see modest) + -tus past participle suffix

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1. Moderate, temperate, judicious, reasonable all stress the avoidance of excess鈥攅motional, physical, intellectual, or otherwise. Moderate implies response or behavior that is by nature not excessive: a moderate drinker, a moderate amount of assistance. Temperate, interchangeable with moderate in some general uses, usually stresses the idea of caution, control, or self-restraint: a surprisingly temperate response to the angry challenge. Judicious emphasizes prudence and the exercise of careful judgment: a judicious balance between freedom and restraint; judicious care to offend neither side. Reasonable suggests the imposition or adoption of limits derived from the application of reason or good sense: a reasonable price; a reasonable amount of damages allotted to each claimant. 8. See allay.


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British Dictionary definitions for moderate


adjective (藞m蓲d蓹r瑟t, 藞m蓲dr瑟t)
noun (藞m蓲d蓹r瑟t, 藞m蓲dr瑟t)
a person who holds moderate views, esp in politics
verb (藞m蓲d蓹藢re瑟t)

Derived forms of moderate

moderately, adverbmoderateness, nounmoderatism, noun

Word Origin for moderate

C14: from Latin moder膩tus observing moderation, from moder膩r墨 to restrain
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