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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.]
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|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 manner; without overindulgence; "he ate and drank abstemiously"; "indulged temperately in cocktails"|
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