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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.
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.
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
1. To cause to be less extreme, intense, or violent.
2. To preside over: She was chosen to moderate the convention.
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
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moderateness - the property of being moderate in price or expendituresmoderateness - the property of being moderate in price or expenditures; "the store is famous for the reasonableness of its prices"; "the modestness of the living standards here becomes obvious immediately"
inexpensiveness - the quality of being affordable
2.moderateness - quality of being moderate and avoiding extremesmoderateness - quality of being moderate and avoiding extremes
degree, level, grade - a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a moderate grade of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree"
golden mean - the middle between extremes
reasonableness - moderation in expectations; "without greater reasonableness by both parties we will never settle this matter!"
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Avoidance of extremes of opinion, feeling, or personal conduct:
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(ˈmodəreit) verb
to make or become less extreme. He was forced to moderate his demands; Gradually the pain moderated.
(-rət) adjective
1. keeping within reasonable limits; not extreme. The prices were moderate; moderate opinions.
2. medium or average; not particularly good. workmanship of moderate quality.
a person whose views are not extreme. Politically, she's a moderate.
ˈmoderately adverb
ˈmoderateness (-rət-) noun
ˌmodeˈration noun
1. the quality of being moderate. Alcohol isn't harmful if it's taken in moderation.
2. (an) act of moderating. There has been some moderation in the force of the gale.
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The large culture that Shawghi had recognized and long travelling which had added to his knowledge and political status of that time and his poetic faculty being bestowed him and his refractory spirit wanting to claim that is equal to the ancient and modern poets and finally his mild nature which tended to moderateness and flattery had made a double character of him who had stayed wandering both in literary roads and political roads.
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