moderate




A moderate voter is someone who is politically speaking, in the center. In other words, they are not quite left or right, but somewhere in the middle.

Moderate comes from the Latin for “medium sized,” and as a noun and an adjective it means “middle, medium.” If you get moderate rainfall, it’s not too much and not too little. Goldilocks was known for her moderate tastes. As a verb, it means “to temper,” or “to reduce from the extreme.” If you moderate your speed while driving, you slow down a bit. If you moderate a discussion, you help two or more people have a reasonable conversation.

Definitions of moderate
  1. adjective

    marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes

    moderate in his demands”
    synonyms:
    restrained

    temperate

    not extreme in behavior
  2. adjective

    not extreme

    “a
    moderate penalty”
    synonyms:
    temperate

    mild

    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
  3. adjective

    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

    moderate prices”
    “a
    moderate income”
    “a
    moderate fine”
    moderate demands”
    “a
    moderate estimate”
    “a
    moderate eater”
    moderate success”
    “a kitchen of
    moderate size”
    “the X-ray showed
    moderate enlargement of the heart”
    Synonyms:

    mild

    moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
    average, intermediate, medium

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation
    cautious, conservative

    avoiding excess
    fair, fairish, reasonable

    not excessive or extreme
    indifferent

    neither too great nor too little
    limited

    not excessive
    middle-of-the-road

    not extreme, especially in political views
    minimalist

    advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics)
    modest, small

    not large but sufficient in size or amount
    temperate

    not extreme in behavior
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    Antonyms:

    immoderate

    beyond reasonable limits
    intense

    possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
    abnormal

    much greater than the normal
    all-fired

    extreme; used as an intensifier
    exaggerated, overdone, overstated

    represented as greater than is true or reasonable
    excessive, inordinate, undue, unreasonable

    beyond normal limits
    exorbitant, extortionate, extravagant, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, usurious

    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    extraordinary, over-the-top, sinful

    far more than usual or expected
    extreme

    far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree
    extreme

    beyond a norm in views or actions
    extremist, radical, ultra

    (used of opinions and actions) far beyond the norm
    far

    beyond a norm in opinion or actions
    stark

    complete or extreme
    unreasonable

    not reasonable; not showing good judgment
    intemperate

    excessive in behavior
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  4. noun

    a person who takes a position in the political center

    synonyms:
    centrist, middle of the roader, moderationist
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    type of:

    adult, grownup

    a fully developed person from maturity onward

  5. verb

    restrain

    synonyms:
    chasten, temper
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    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  6. verb

    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

    moderate your alcohol intake”
    synonyms:
    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in
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    types:

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    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

    place limits on (extent or access)
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

    to put down by force or authority
    damp

    restrain or discourage
    crucify, mortify, subdue

    hold within limits and control
    abnegate, deny

    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
    restrict

    place under restrictions; limit access to
    train

    cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it
    catch

    check oneself during an action
    bate

    moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
    thermostat

    control the temperature with a thermostat
    counteract, countercheck

    oppose or check by a counteraction
    blink, blink away, wink

    force to go away by blinking
    reduce, tighten

    narrow or limit
    tie

    limit or restrict to
    gate

    restrict (school boys’) movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
    draw a line, draw the line

    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
    mark off, mark out

    set boundaries to and delimit
    harness, rein, rule

    keep in check
    baffle, regulate

    check the emission of (sound)
    cramp, halter, hamper, strangle

    prevent the progress or free movement of
    dampen, stifle

    smother or suppress
    choke back, choke down, choke off

    suppress
    constrain, stiffen, tighten, tighten up

    restrict
    clamp down, crack down

    repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
    hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still

    cause to be quiet or not talk
    constrict, inhibit

    limit the range or extent of
    burke

    get rid of, silence, or suppress
    silence

    keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    quell, quench, squelch

    suppress or crush completely
    constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain

    hold back
    muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle

    conceal or hide
    mortify

    practice self-denial of one’s body and appetites
    classify

    declare unavailable, as for security reasons
    taboo

    declare as sacred and forbidden
    trellis

    train on a trellis, as of a vine
    scant, skimp

    limit in quality or quantity
    localise, localize

    restrict something to a particular area
    type of:

    hold back, keep, keep back, restrain

    keep under control; keep in check

  7. verb

    make less fast or intense

    moderate your speed”
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    type of:

    decelerate, slow down

    reduce the speed of

  8. verb

    make less strong or intense; soften

    synonyms:
    tame, tone down
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    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  9. verb

    make less severe or harsh

    “He
    moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears”
    synonyms:
    mince, soften
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    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  10. verb

    preside over

    “John
    moderated the discussion”
    synonyms:
    chair, lead
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    type of:

    discuss, hash out, talk over

    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

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