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 (tĕm′pər-ĭt, tĕm′prĭt)
a. Of or occurring in the Temperate Zone: temperate regions; temperate species.
b. Characterized by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate; neither hot nor cold.
a. Moderate in degree or quality; restrained: temperate criticism.
b. Exercising moderation and self-restraint: learned to be temperate in eating and drinking.
3. Biology Of or relating to a virus that infects bacterial cells but rarely causes lysis: temperate bacteriophages.

[Middle English temperat, from Latin temperātus, from past participle of temperāre, to temper; see temper.]

tem′per·ate·ly adv.
tem′per·ate·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.temperately - with restraint; "he used the privileges of his office temperately"
2.temperately - without extravagance; "these preferences are temperately stated"
3.temperately - in a sparing mannertemperately - in a sparing manner; without overindulgence; "he ate and drank abstemiously"; "indulged temperately in cocktails"
References in classic literature ?
They just drank temperately, and I drank temperately with them as an act of comradeship and accepted hospitality.
The day was devoted to games of agility and strength, and other amusements; and grog was temperately distributed, together with bread, butter, and cheese.
To whom thus Jesus temperately replied:-- "Said'st thou not that to all things I had right?
He was likewise reported to have said that in former times a stigma had been cast upon the body by the execution of George Barnwell, to which they should not have basely submitted, but should have demanded him of the legislature-- temperately at first; then by an appeal to arms, if necessary--to be dealt with as they in their wisdom might think fit.
SOCRATES: Then they who order a state or a house temperately or justly order them with temperance and justice?
The fruits eaten temperately need not make us ashamed of our appetites, nor interrupt the worthiest pursuits.
I must temperately but firmly call upon you, sir, to amend that question.
Butteridge's small shaving mirror and his folding canvas basin he readjusted his costume with the gravity of a man who has taken an irrevocable step in life, buttoned up his jacket, cast the white sheet of the Desert Dervish on one side, washed temperately, shaved, resumed the big cap and the fur overcoat, and, much refreshed by these exercises, surveyed the country below him.
So the virtuous elephant who had waited temperately and done kind acts was relieved, at the appointed time, by the very calf whom he had turned aside to cherish - let all listen to the Tataka
Live hard and temperately, be respectful, exercise your self-denial, bring up your family on next to nothing, pay your rent as regularly as the clock strikes, be punctual in your dealings (I set you a good example; you will find Mr.
I do not mean to imply that arrests, prosecutions, or convictions of those who temperately express racist ideas or criticize homosexuality represent the typical hate speech case, for they do not.
Missouri courts have stated that they have the power to punish for contempt "but only if the judicial function is integrally threatened," and that this power "should be used sparingly, wisely, temperately and with judicial self-restraint.