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1. Moderately warm; lukewarm.
2. Lacking in emotional warmth or enthusiasm; halfhearted: "the tepid conservatism of the fifties" (Irving Howe).

[Middle English, from Latin tepidus, from tepēre, to be lukewarm.]

te·pid′i·ty, tep′id·ness n.
tep′id·ly adv.
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Adv.1.tepidly - in an unenthusiastically lukewarm manner; "he was lukewarmly received by his relatives"
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(ˈtepid) adjective
1. slightly or only just warm; lukewarm. tepid water.
2. not very enthusiastic. a tepid welcome.
ˈtepidly adverb
ˈtepidness noun
teˈpidity noun
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Here floweth all blood putridly and tepidly and frothily through all veins: spit on the great city, which is the great slum where all the scum frotheth together!
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After tepidly standing by while Trump clamped sanctions on Iran, it has said or done almost nothing about the recent US escalation.
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Atiku and the PDP are citing these questionable reports as basis for their supporters to reject the results, which these supporters have interpreted as a call to violent protests, even though Atiku had sought to insulate himself from liability by tepidly asking them to remain calm while stoking negative emotions in them with his assertions.
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Recent public health initiatives sounding the alarm over antibiotic resistance - especially to pediatricians - have helped to reduce over-prescription to the youngest children, a fact that the study authors are tepidly encouraged by.