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[ek-wuh-buh l, ee-kwuh-] /ˈɛk wə bəl, ˈi kwə-/
free from many changes or variations; uniform:
an equable climate; an equable temperament.
uniform in operation or effect, as laws.
Origin of equable
1635-45; < Latin aequābilis that can be made equal, similar, equivalent to aequ(us) equal, even + -ābilis -able
Related forms
equability, equableness, noun
equably, adverb
nonequability, noun
nonequable, adjective
nonequableness, noun
nonequably, adverb
unequability, noun
unequable, adjective
unequableness, noun
unequably, adverb
Can be confused
equable, equitable.
1. steady, even, temperate.
1. variable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for equable
  • Many countries made a genuine attempt to set a new and equable tone for discussion and debate.
  • In school and college he was liked for his equable temper and fairness, but was not demonstrative enough to be eminently popular.
  • The light sediment consisted mostly of calcareous foram shells, deposited in a period of relatively equable climate.
  • The beauty and charm of this picture has enhanced the basic attraction of its year-round mild and equable climate.
  • The temperature throughout the year is surprisingly mild and equable.
  • Climate--The climate regime is equable, with a small to moderate annual temperature range.
British Dictionary definitions for equable


even-tempered; placid
unvarying; uniform: an equable climate
Derived Forms
equability, equableness, noun
equably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin aequābilis, from aequāre to make equal
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Word Origin and History for equable

1670s, back-formation from equability or else from Latin aequabilis "equal, consistent, uniform," from aequare "make uniform" (see equate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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