Notebook, 1993-



Measured, Reasonable, Calm, Temperate . . . . Tending toward the Mean . . . . Limited in Scope or Effect . . . . Average in Amount or Dimension . . . . Mediocre . . . . Avoidance of Extremes . . . . Lessening of Intensity . . . . To Preside Over

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1 Moderate adj [ME, fr. L moderatus, fr. pp. of moderare to moderate; akin to L modus measure] [15c] 1a: avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits [a __ drinker] b: Calm, Temperate 2: a: tending toward the mean or average amount or dimension b: having average or less than average quality: Mediocre 3: professing or characterized by political or social beliefs that are not extreme 4: limited in scope or effect 5: not expensive: reasonable or low in price 6 of a color: of medium lightness and medium chroma -moderately adv -moderateness n

2 Moderate vb -ated; ating vt [15c] 1: to lessen the intensity or extremeness of [the sun moderated the chill] 2: to preside over or act as chairman of -vi 1: to act as a moderator 2: to become less violent, severe, or intense -moderation n

3 Moderate n [1794]: one who holds moderate views or who belongs to a group favoring a moderate course or program

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



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