[tem-per-it, tem-prit]
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  1. moderate or self-restrained; not extreme in opinion, statement, etc.: a temperate response to an insulting challenge.
  2. moderate as regards indulgence of appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.
  3. not excessive in degree, as things, qualities, etc.
  4. moderate in respect to temperature; not subject to prolonged extremes of hot or cold weather.
  5. Microbiology. (of a virus) existing in infected host cells but rarely causing lysis.

Origin of temperate

1350–1400; Middle English temperat < Latin temperātus, past participle of temperāre to exercise restraint, control. See temper, -ate1
Related formstem·per·ate·ly, adverbtem·per·ate·ness, nounnon·tem·per·ate, adjectivenon·tem·per·ate·ly, adverbnon·tem·per·ate·ness, nounpre·tem·per·ate, adjectivepre·tem·per·ate·ly, adverbun·tem·per·ate, adjectiveun·tem·per·ate·ly, adverbun·tem·per·ate·ness, noun

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Synonym study

1. See moderate.
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Contemporary Examples of temperately

Historical Examples of temperately

  • "I am no seeking to excuse the man," said Sir Archy, temperately.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • And he bade her feel his pulse, how temperately it beat, not like a madman's.

    Tales from Shakespeare

    Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb

  • "Well, they are of all kinds, of course," said Powell temperately.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • "Now look here, Beth; don't be rabid," said Dan temperately.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • They cared not for luxury; but they lived naturally and temperately.

British Dictionary definitions for temperately


  1. having a climate intermediate between tropical and polar; moderate or mild in temperature
  2. mild in quality or character; exhibiting temperance
Derived Formstemperately, adverbtemperateness, noun

Word Origin for temperate

C14: from Latin temperātus
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Word Origin and History for temperately



late 14c., of persons, "modest, forbearing, self-restrained," from Latin temperatus "restrained, regulated," from past participle of temperare "to moderate, regulate" (see temper (v.)). Applied to climates mid-15c.; temperate zone is attested from 1550s. Related: Temperately; temperateness.

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temperately in Medicine


[tĕmpər-ĭt, tĕmprĭt]
  1. Exercising moderation and self-restraint.
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temperately in Science


  1. Marked by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate.
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