ETYM Latin abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.
1. Marked by temperance in indulgence; SYN. light.
2. Sparing in consumption of especially food and drink.
Practising temperance; teetotal.
ETYM Latin decens, decentis, p. pr. of decere to be fitting or becoming.
1. Socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous; SYN. nice.
2. (Informal) Decently clothed.
3. Conforming to conventions of sexual behavior.
4. Observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress.
ETYM Latin frugalis, from frugi, lit., for fruit; hence, fit for food, useful, proper, temperate, the dative of frux, frugis, fruit, akin to Eng. fruit: cf. French frugal. Related to Fruit.
Economical in the use or appropriation of resources; not wasteful or lavish; wise in the expenditure or application of force, materials, time, etc.; characterized by frugality; thrifty; economical.
Of or relating to the middle part of a range of possible values.
(Of meat) Cooked until there is just a little pink meat inside.
Moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
ETYM Latin moderatus, p. p. of moderate, moderati, to moderate, regulate, control, from modus measure. Related to Mode.
1. Being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; SYN. modest, not excessive, limited.
2. Marked by avoidance of extravagance or extremes; SYN. restrained.
3. Not extreme; SYN. temperate.
ETYM French modeste, Latin modestus, from modus measure. Related to Mode.
1. Free from ostentation or pretension; SYN. restrained, unostentatious.
2. Free from pomp or affectation; SYN. plain, simple.
3. Marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of oneself.
4. Not large but sufficient in size or amount; SYN. small.
5. Not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance.