Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unvarying; steady.
  • adj. Free from extremes.
  • adj. Not easily disturbed; serene: an equable temper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unvarying, Calm and steady; constant and uniform.
  • adj. Free from extremes of heat or cold.
  • adj. Not easily disturbed; tranquil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Equal and uniform; continuing the same at different times; -- said of motion, and the like; uniform in surface; smooth.
  • adj. Uniform in action or intensity; not variable or changing; -- said of the feelings or temper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by uniformity, invariableness, or evenness; equal and uniform at all times; regular in action or intensity; not varying; steady: as, an equable temperature.
  • Even; smooth; having a uniform surface or form: as, an equable globe or plain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not easily irritated
  • adj. not varying

Etymologies

Latin aequābilis, from aequāre, to make even, from aequus, even, level.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aequābilis, from aequō ("make level"), from aequus ("even, level"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have adopted the term equable marketing to designate this interesting attempt to solve the problem of distribution in Han times.

    Discourses On Salt and Iron

  • "The present arrangement is more or less temporary," she commenced in equable tones.

    Just Patty

  • In the year 115 B.C., officers to "equalize distribution", chün shu, which may be termed equable marketing, were appointed.

    Discourses On Salt and Iron

  • So the system came to be known as equable marketing.

    Discourses On Salt and Iron

  • It is given to you to teach lessons of the utmost importance to mankind, in maintaining the principle that no progress can be real which is not equable, which is not proportionate, which does not develop all the faculties belonging to our nature.

    Model Speeches for Practise

  • We have not yet seen that your marketing is "equable".

    Discourses On Salt and Iron

  • (as, for instance, "equable," "gratitudes," and many others), and by twisting or translation of its classical equivalents and etymons give it some quite new sense in English.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • On the other hand, he was sweet-tempered and equable, and he did not resent the early shows of crustiness which Michael made.

    CHAPTER XXIX

  • I didn't care over-weeningly for it for personal gratification; and in my philosophy I completed the circle, finding myself as equable with the lack of a ten-cent piece as I was with the squandering of scores of dollars in calling all men and hangers-on up to the bar to drink with me.

    Chapter 18

  • Now he received word that the normally equable Samaritans had seized Andromachus, tied him to a stake, and set him ablaze.

    Alexander the Great

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