equable

  • 1 equable — [ek′wə bəl, ē′kwəbəl] adj. [L aequabilis < aequare, to make equal < aequus, EQUAL] 1. not varying or fluctuating much; steady; uniform [an equable temperature] 2. not readily upset; even; tranquil; serene [an equable temperament] SYN.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Equable — E qua*ble (?; 277), a. [L. aequabilis, fr. aequare to make level or equal, fr. aequus even, equal. See {Equal}.] 1. Equal and uniform; continuing the same at different times; said of motion, and the like; uniform in surface; smooth; as, an… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 equable — equable, equitable Both words come from Latin aequus meaning ‘equal’, but their meanings are different. Equable means ‘even and moderate, regular’ and is typically used with words such as climate, disposition, and temperament. It denotes… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 equable — index agreed (harmonized), coextensive, comparable (equivalent), consistent, consonant, equal, h …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 equable — 1670s, back formation from EQUABILITY (Cf. equability) or else from L. aequabilis equal, consistent, uniform, from aequare make uniform (see EQUATE (Cf. equate)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 equable — even, constant, *steady, uniform Analogous words: regular, *orderly, methodical, systematic: invariable, immutable, unchangeable (see affirmative adjectives at CHANGEABLE): *same, equal, equivalent Antonyms: variable, changeable Contrasted words …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 equable — [adj] steady, calm agreeable, composed, consistent, constant, easy going, even, even tempered, imperturbable, level headed, methodical, orderly, placid, regular, serene, smooth, stabile, stable, systematic, temperate, tranquil, unchanging,… …

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  • 8 equable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) calm and even tempered. 2) not varying or fluctuating greatly. DERIVATIVES equability noun equably adverb. ORIGIN Latin aequabilis, from aequare make equal …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 equable — [[t]e̱kwəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as equable, you mean that they are calm, cheerful, and fair with other people, even in difficult circumstances. He was a man of the most equable temper... He was a fine person to work with …

    English dictionary

  • 10 equable — eq|ua|ble [ˈekwəbəl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: aequabilis, from aequare; EQUATE] 1.) formal someone who is equable remains calm and happy and does not often get annoyed ▪ a young man with a naturally equable temperament 2.) technical …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 equable —  , equitable  Most dictionaries define equable as meaning steady and unvarying, but it should also convey the sense of being remote from extremes. A consistently hot climate is not equable, no matter how unvarying the temperature. Similarly,… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 12 equable — adjective Etymology: Latin aequabilis, from aequare to make level or equal, from aequus Date: 1677 1. marked by lack of variation or change ; uniform < an equable distance apart > 2. marked by lack of noticeable, unpleasant, or extreme variation… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 equable — equability, equableness, n. equably, adv. /ek weuh beuhl, ee kweuh /, adj. 1. free from many changes or variations; uniform: an equable climate; an equable temperament. 2. uniform in operation or effect, as laws. [1635 45; < L aequabilis that can …

    Universalium

  • 14 equable — adjective 1 formal calm and not easily annoyed: Mary s equable temperament made her easy to work with. 2 technical having weather or conditions that are neither too hot nor too cold: an equable climate equably adverb equability noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 equable — adjective 1) an equable man Syn: even tempered, calm, composed, collected, self possessed, relaxed, easygoing; nonchalant, insouciant, mellow, mild, tranquil, placid, stable, levelheaded; imperturbable, unexcitable …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 equable — /ˈɛkwəbəl / (say ekwuhbuhl) adjective 1. free from variations; uniform, as motion or temperature: *enjoying a fairly equable rainfall. –joseph furphy, 1903. 2. uniform in operation or effect, as laws. 3. tranquil, even, or not easily disturbed,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 equable — See equable, equitable …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 18 equable — eq|ua|ble [ ekwəbl, ikwəbl ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL calm, reasonable, and not easily made angry or upset 2. ) equable weather is not extreme and does not change very much ╾ eq|ua|bly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 equable — [ ɛkwəb(ə)l] adjective 1》 calm and even tempered. 2》 not varying or fluctuating greatly: an equable climate. Derivatives equability noun equably adverb Origin C17 (in the sense fair, equitable ): from L. aequabilis, from aequare (see equate) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 equable — UK [ˈekwəb(ə)l] / US / US [ˈɪkwəb(ə)l] adjective formal 1) calm, reasonable, and not easily made angry or upset 2) equable weather is not extreme and does not change very much Derived word: equably adverb …

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