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mod·er·ate

 (mŏd′ər-ĭt)
adj.
1. Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme: a moderate price.
2. Not violent or subject to extremes; mild or calm; temperate: a moderate climate.
3.
a. Of medium or average quantity or extent.
b. Of limited or average quality; mediocre.
4. Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion.
n.
One who holds or champions moderate views or opinions, especially in politics or religion.
v. (mŏd′ə-rāt′) mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing, mod·er·ates
v.tr.
1. To cause to be less extreme, intense, or violent.
2. To preside over: She was chosen to moderate the convention.
v.intr.
1. To become less extreme, intense, or violent; abate.
2. To act as a moderator.

[Middle English moderat, from Latin moderātus, past participle of moderārī, to moderate; see med- in Indo-European roots.]

mod′er·ate·ly adv.
mod′er·ate·ness n.
mod′er·a′tion n.
Synonyms: moderate, qualify, temper
These verbs mean to make less extreme or intense: moderated the severity of his rebuke by remaining calm; qualified her criticism by noting some strong points; tempered my harsh comments before writing the report.
Antonym: intensify
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.moderating - lessening in intensity or strength
intensifying - increasing in strength or intensity
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When we pass from the works of nature, in which all the delineations are perfectly accurate, and appear to be otherwise only from the imperfection of the eye which surveys them, to the institutions of man, in which the obscurity arises as well from the object itself as from the organ by which it is contemplated, we must perceive the necessity of moderating still further our expectations and hopes from the efforts of human sagacity.
Undoubtedly," said Villefort, moderating the tones of his voice, "a marriage once concerted and then broken off, throws a sort of discredit on a young lady; then again, the old reports, which I was so anxious to put an end to, will instantly gain ground.
The youth went on, moderating his pace since he had left the place of noises.
To which purpose serveth the opening, and well-balancing of trade; the cherishing of manufactures; the banishing of idleness; the repressing of waste, and excess, by sumptuary laws; the improvement and husbanding of the soil; the regulating of prices of things vendible; the moderating of taxes and tributes; and the like.
It was only the moderating influence of the presence of large numbers of ladies which prevented an absolute riot.