Moderate; not excessive; as, temperate heat; a temperate climate.
- Exercising moderation and self-restraint: learned to be temperate in eating and drinking.
- Moderate in degree or quality; restrained: temperate criticism.
- Characterized by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate; neither hot nor cold.
- Biology Of or relating to a virus that infects bacterial cells but rarely causes lysis: temperate bacteriophages.