Definition of equable in English:



  • 1Not easily disturbed or angered; calm and even-tempered.

    ‘he could look sterner than his equable temperament would suggest’
    • ‘As the others flounced and stamped their way through the jungle, Blackburn's equable temper won through.’
    • ‘An equable character, without airs, he displays a cool estimation of how seriously to take how others see him.’
    • ‘For some reason, the editor has started to greet me with a growl, which can be a little on the disconcerting side for an equable chap like me.’
    • ‘How extraordinary, I say, fascinated by the possibility of two people being either so equable, or so indifferent, that they can go 30 years without a cross word.’
    • ‘He is every writing journalist's idea of a photographer: modest, equable, sober.’
    • ‘Therein, perhaps, lies a clue: wherever it is, whatever he is, he would wear it with a certain equable tough-mindedness, a discreet cynicism tinged with self-deprecating irony.’
    • ‘Further, it is to be hoped that a more equable frame of mind may help create the right kind of emotional and mental conditions for physical healing - in which ever way it is sought - to take place.’
    • ‘Their elegantly equable tone is in telling contrast to the remarks of others, which are similarly minded but testier in their articulation.’
    • ‘She looked up into his face, but it was completely equable behind the mask, and Isis could not recognize who it was.’
    • ‘Persians are the most mellow, sedentary and equable cats ever created.’
    • ‘While his discourse is extreme and accusatory, his demeanor is equable and deliberate.’
    • ‘Her sound was more beautiful, her stage presence more serene, her personality more equable.’
    • ‘His true marvel has been to maintain an equable temper in conditions which really ought to have quadrupled his 15-a-day smoking habit.’
    • ‘My spirits were equable but not equal to adventure so I pulled in to a lay-by to eat my lunch, listening to a radio programme on Rachmaninov's second piano concerto.’
    • ‘My temper, generally, is equable, as is my outlook.’
    • ‘Its equable temperament, unusual among terriers, results in large measure from the fact that it was originally a hunt terrier, expected to run peacefully with foxhounds.’
    • ‘Hamon keeps his camera moving, shooting his equable subject from various angles, often jumping from his face to his hands and back in what seems to be an effort to inject movement into a visually static film.’
    • ‘Martin's wide experience and equable disposition enabled him to mediate institutional rivalries in the history profession; he was greatly in demand as a supervisor of postgraduate research.’
    • ‘He was also extremely experienced, mentally robust, and equable.’
    • ‘Even so I seemed at every point of contact to be surrounded by abrasive people intent on disturbing my peace, my comfort, and my equable nature.’
    even-tempered, calm, composed, collected, self-possessed, cool, cool, calm, and collected, relaxed, easy-going, at ease, as cool as a cucumber
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  • 2Not varying or fluctuating greatly.

    ‘an equable climate’
    • ‘The coastal belt is warm and equable with moderate rainfall but conditions become progressively more arid and extreme further inland.’
    • ‘The animals thrived during the ice age because the temperatures were more equable with cool summers and milder winters.’
    • ‘Many cycads may be grown outdoors in California and the southern United States, but they cannot seem to tolerate the less equable climate in other parts of the nation.’
    • ‘They insisted that the climate we had experienced in the past century or so, mild and equable, was not the only sort of climate the planet knew.’
    • ‘The equable climate, natural abundance of forest with plenty of herbs and medicinal plants and cool monsoon are best suited for rejuvenation.’
    • ‘Their diverse flora and fauna were considered mainly a response to a stable and an equable climatic regime.’
    • ‘These fossils are from a time when the warm equable climate of the early Eocene was changing to the cooler more seasonal climates that we know today.’
    • ‘During the Eocene, this region was located at much the same latitude it is today, though global climate was more equable.’
    • ‘Such rapid changes in temperature could throw a body still further out of balance; the prevailing assumption held that equable temperatures generated the best health.’
    • ‘The rising seas and humid, equable conditions of the Mesozoic strongly reduced the availability of marine iron.’
    • ‘The climate is equable, with hot summers, pleasant springs and autumns and cool winters.’
    • ‘The climate is generally mild, equable and mostly free from extremes of heat and cold, but very high temperatures occur in the northwest and very cold temperatures on the Southern Tablelands.’
    • ‘In the Torres Islands the predominant seasonal winds occur within a weather regime that is fairly equable throughout the year.’
    • ‘In any case, Late Mesozoic climates were so mild and equable that even the earliest Jurassic birds were probably fully capable of relatively precise behavioral thermoregulation.’
    • ‘The climate even at high latitudes during much of this period was warm and equable year-round, described by one investigator as ‘wall-to-wall Jamaica.’’
    • ‘These islands are mountainous, with rainforests that make the climate equable and supplies of fresh water plentiful.’
    • ‘The coast has an equable Mediterranean climate well suited to agriculture.’
    • ‘The more equable climate should ensure a good night for the Europeans.’
    • ‘Calm is emphasised by silence, and by the equable temperature.’
    • ‘Conditions indoors are regarded as satisfactory when the atmosphere can be maintained at an equable temperature and humidity.’
    stable, constant, steady, even, uniform, regular, unvarying, consistent, unchanging, changeless
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘fair, equitable’): from Latin aequabilis, from aequare ‘make equal’ (see equate).