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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

equable

\EK-wuh-buhl; EE-kwuh-\ , adjective;
1.
Equal and uniform; not varying.
2.
Not easily disturbed; not variable or changing -- said of the feelings, temper, etc.
Quotes:
An equable climate, evidently due to the large area of sea compared with the land, seems to extend over the greater part of the southern hemisphere; and, as a consequence, the vegetation partakes of a semi-tropical character.
-- Charles Darwin, The Voyage Of Beagle
Now, there can be no doubt that Irving . . . possesses great wit and charm, as well as a temperament that is equable, cheerful, and almost relentlessly easygoing.
-- Norman Podhoretz, Ex-Friends
He had an equable temperament, a straightforward Ohio friendliness, and though a national hero for his participating in the first American space flight to orbit the earth, in February 1962, he had no airs.
-- Elizabeth Drew, The Corruption of American Politics
Origin:
Equable comes from Latin aequabilis, from aequare, to make even, from aequus, even.
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