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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.temperateness - moderate weathertemperateness - moderate weather; suitable for outdoor activities
atmospheric condition, weather, weather condition, conditions - the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation; "they were hoping for good weather"; "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception"; "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"
2.temperateness - exhibiting restraint imposed on the self; "an effective temperateness in debate"
restraint, control - discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
stiff upper lip - self-restraint in the expression of emotion (especially fear or grief); "the British like to keep a stiff upper lip"
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References in classic literature ?
After I had drunk half a dozen glasses, my policy of temperateness in mind, I decided that I had had enough for that time.
When it is considered that there is no public-house in all the island and that seven thousand souls dwell therein, some idea may be gained of the temperateness of the community.
"Wine and cannabis are two ancient and bounteous gifts of Mother Nature, linked by great care, terroir and temperateness. Expertise making one applies to the other," said Coppola in a news release.
But maybe the calmness of mind and temperateness of spirit may assuage intergroup anxiety and other fears that lead to prejudice.
She recalled, "He wrote with temperateness and in pitying love of human nature, in the instinctive hope of helping it to know and redeem itself" (478).