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temperate

[ tem-per-it, tem-prit ]
/ ˈtɛm pər ɪt, ˈtɛm prɪt /
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Definition of temperate

adjective
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.
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Origin of temperate

1350–1400; Middle English temperat<Latin temperātus, past participle of temperāre to exercise restraint, control. See temper, -ate1

synonym study for temperate

1. See moderate.

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British Dictionary definitions for temperate

temperate
/ (ˈtɛmpərɪt, ˈtɛmprɪt) /

adjective
having a climate intermediate between tropical and polar; moderate or mild in temperature
mild in quality or character; exhibiting temperance

Derived forms of temperate

temperately, adverbtemperateness, noun

Word Origin for temperate

C14: from Latin temperātus
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Scientific definitions for temperate

temperate
[ tĕmpər-ĭt ]

Marked by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate.
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