Definition of temperate in English:
1Of, relating to, or denoting a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures.
- The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.
- Belarus has a temperate continental climate, with a mild and humid winter, a warm summer, and a wet autumn.
- The climate is temperate and is more mild and humid along the western marine coast.
2Showing moderation or self-restraint: Charles was temperate in his consumption of both food and drink
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- Ever since that day, she had been extremely temperate in her consumption of alcohol.
- As a result, British masculinity was constructed as a controlled, temperate ideal type.
- A man of a singularly disinterested and modest disposition, he was temperate in speech and act, but zealous for the social and political reforms which were the aims of the radicals in his day.
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- In a tiny lane contrived alongside that terrible scene his wife, more temperately than he deserves, alerts him to his insane action.
- Once we have these moral virtues, not only are we disposed to act in accordance with them - to act temperately, liberally, courageously, justly - but we also desire to do so and take pleasure in doing so.
- The collocation of the phrase ‘for the purposes of identification only’ with the words ‘more particularly delineated on the plan drawn hereon’ may be said to be unfortunate; and in that I think I speak temperately.
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- Is the educated, temperate public right to wonder about the temperateness of many educators?
- The choice we make for ourselves must be made with a moderation of counsel and a temperateness for judgement befitting our character and our motives as a nation.
- After I had drunk half a dozen glasses, my policy of temperateness in mind, I decided that I had had enough for that time.
Late Middle English (in the sense 'not affected by passion or emotion'): from Latin temperatus 'mingled, restrained', from the verb temperare.
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