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

adj not extreme

temperate in his response to criticism”
Synonyms:
moderate
mild
moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme

adj (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
Antonyms:
intemperate
(of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes
inclement
(of weather or climate) severe
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adj 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
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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