Meaning of temperate

temperate




Temperate means mild, moderate. If you’re a temperate person, you are calm, reasonable. If you live in a temperate climate, it’s warm and sunny, but not too hot.

Like other words that sound similar, temperate has to do with measurement and range. Temperatures measure how hot and cold things are and someone with a temper is hot-headed or intemperate, the opposite of this word. A temperate person’s life motto is summed up by Goldilocks: not too hot and not too cold, just right.

Definitions of temperate
  1. adjective

    not extreme

    temperate in his response to criticism”
    synonyms:

    moderate

    mild

    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
  2. adjective

    (of weather or climate) free from extremes; mild; or characteristic of such weather or climate

    “a
    temperate region”
    “the
    temperate zones”
    temperate plants”
    Synonyms:

    clement

    (of weather or climate) physically mild
    cold-temperate

    the colder parts of temperate waters
    equable

    not varying
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    Antonyms:

    intemperate

    (of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
    inclement

    (of weather or climate) severe
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  3. adjective

    not extreme in behavior

    temperate in his habits”
    “a
    temperate response to an insult”
    temperate in his eating and drinking”
    Synonyms:

    mild

    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
    moderate

    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
    abstemious, light

    marked by temperance in indulgence
    moderate, restrained

    marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes
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    Antonyms:

    intemperate

    excessive in behavior
    intense

    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
    immoderate

    beyond reasonable limits
    big, heavy

    prodigious
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