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Topic: GROUPINGS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: moderatus, past participle of moderare 'to moderate'

moderate

1 adjective
     
mod‧e‧rate1
1 not very large or very small, very hot or very cold, very fast or very slow etc:
Even moderate amounts of alcohol can be dangerous.
a moderate degree of success
a student of moderate ability
Moderate exercise, such as walking, is recommended.
Bake the pie for 30 minutes in a moderate oven.
moderate to strong winds
2PPG having opinions or beliefs, especially about politics, that are not extreme and that most people consider reasonable [≠ extreme]:
the more moderate members of the party
a moderate politician
3 staying within reasonable or sensible limits [≠ immoderate]:
a moderate smoker
moderate wage demands
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