Etymology: See etymology of "to temper".
- habitual, Habitual moderation in regard to the indulgence of the natural appetites and passions; restrained or moderate indulgence; moderation; as, temperance in eating and drinking; temperance in the indulgence of joy or mirth; specifically, moderation, and sometimes abstinence, in respect to using intoxicate, intoxicating liquors.
- moderation, Moderation of passion; patience; calmness; sedateness.
- (obsolete) State with regard to heat or cold; temperature.
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