well-tempered

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A calque of German wohltemperiert

Adjective[edit]

well-tempered (not comparable)

  1. (archaic, of a person) good-humoured, pleasant, having an even temperament
  2. (music) Having twelve notes per octave of the standard keyboard tuned in such a way that it is possible to play music in most major or minor keys and the resulting sound will not sound perceptibly out of tune.