Adjective "temperate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or denoting a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures.
  1. 'Chile has one of the largest temperate forests in the southern hemisphere'
  2. 'Belarus has a temperate continental climate, with a mild and humid winter, a warm summer, and a wet autumn.'
  3. 'It is the Gulf Stream, or North Atlantic Drift, that gives the United Kingdom the temperate climate that we enjoy.'
  4. 'With abundant rainfall and a temperate climate, crops were plentiful; citrus and olive groves abounded.'
  5. 'Straddling the Equator, the islands have a pleasant temperate climate.'
  6. 'The temperate climate has mild to warm summers and cool winters.'
  7. 'Because of the relatively high elevation, the region has a temperate climate.'
  8. 'The fungus is found worldwide but is more prevalent in temperate and tropical climates.'
  9. 'The climate is temperate and is more mild and humid along the western marine coast.'
  10. 'In fact, it would be most unnatural should they experience a mild and temperate climate this year.'
  11. 'The jump from polar to temperate latitudes is just as great as from temperate climates to tropical.'
Showing moderation or self-restraint.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'I am surprised at what the Coroner says about finding indications that he was a dram drinker, as I thought he was temperate in all things.'


1. moderate or self-restrained; not extreme in opinion, statement, etc.: a temperate response to an insulting challenge.

2. moderate as regards indulgence of appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.

3. not excessive in degree, as things, qualities, etc.

4. moderate in respect to temperature; not subject to prolonged extremes of hot or cold weather.

5. Microbiology. (of a virus) existing in infected host cells but rarely causing lysis.

More examples(as adjective)

"places can be temperate in comments."

"people can be temperate in ourselveses."

"people can be temperate in mankinds."

"regions can be temperate."

"forests can be temperate."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘not affected by passion or emotion’): from Latin temperatus ‘mingled, restrained’, from the verb temperare.