Definition of equable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈekwəb(ə)l/


1(Of a person) not easily disturbed or angered; calm and even-tempered.
Example sentences
  • Its equable temperament, unusual among terriers, results in large measure from the fact that it was originally a hunt terrier, expected to run peacefully with foxhounds.
  • Persians are the most mellow, sedentary and equable cats ever created.
  • Even so I seemed at every point of contact to be surrounded by abrasive people intent on disturbing my peace, my comfort, and my equable nature.
1.1Not varying or fluctuating greatly: an equable climate
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  • The more equable climate should ensure a good night for the Europeans.
  • The equable climate, natural abundance of forest with plenty of herbs and medicinal plants and cool monsoon are best suited for rejuvenation.
  • These fossils are from a time when the warm equable climate of the early Eocene was changing to the cooler more seasonal climates that we know today.



Pronunciation: /ˌekwəˈbilədē/
Pronunciation: /ˌēkwəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • But it is offered through an ironizing equability of tone and a neatly decorous, unflappable ordering of the story, really a list of the elements that typify such an experience.
  • This equability of temperature is a consequence of the strong influence of the warm ocean waters.


Pronunciation: /ˈekwəblē/ Pronunciation: /ˈēkwəblē/
Example sentences
  • For these two angry peoples to live equably side-by-side, they would somehow have to de-caricature one another - as well as themselves.
  • It's a book in which you don't forget that someone is talking to you-always equably and forthrightly, often humorously.
  • You co-existed as equably as you could with parents who didn't understand you.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'fair, equitable'): from Latin aequabilis, from aequare 'make equal' (see equate).

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Syllabification: eq·ua·ble

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