(adjective, verb)


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

- a temperate region

- the temperate zones

- temperate plants

Similar word(s): clement, equable

2. not extreme in behavior

- temperate in his habits

- a temperate response to an insult

- temperate in his eating and drinking

Similar word(s): mild, moderate, abstemious, light, moderate, restrained

3. not extreme

- temperate in his response to criticism

Similar word(s): mild, moderate

Sentences with temperate as an adjective:

- temperate fishes


1. (obsolete) To render temperate; to moderate; to soften; to temper.