1. In a thoughtfully measured or regulated manner, eschewing extremes.
    1601 My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time,
    And makes as healthful music: it is not madness
    That I have utter'd: bring me to the test,
    And I the matter will re-word; which madness
    Would gambol from. — Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 4.

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