moderate

moderate
mod•er•ate
adj., n. [[t]ˈmɒd ər ɪt, ˈmɒd rɪt[/t]] v. [[t]-əˌreɪt[/t]] adj. n. v. -at•ed, -at•ing
1) kept or keeping within reasonable limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense:
a moderate price[/ex]
2) of medium quantity, extent, or amount:
a moderate income[/ex]
3) mediocre or fair:
moderate talent[/ex]
4) cvb mer calm or mild, as of the weather
5) gov of or pertaining to moderates, as in politics or religion
6) gov a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, as in politics
7) to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous:
to moderate one's criticism[/ex]
8) to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.)
9) to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous
10) to act as moderator; preside
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L moderātus, ptp. of moderārī to restrain, control, v. der. from base ofmodestus; see modest, -ate I mod′er•ate•ly, adv. mod′er•ate•ness, n. syn: moderate, temperate, reasonable imply the avoidance of excess, as in action, thought, or feeling. moderate describes something that is within reasonable limits: a moderate amount of exercise. temperate stresses caution, control, or self-restraint, esp. with reference to the appetites or emotions: a temperate discussion. reasonable suggests a limit imposed by reason or good sense: a reasonable request.

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