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definition of the word climate

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From French climat, from Latin clima, from Ancient Greek κλίμα (inclination), from κλίνειν (to slope, incline).

Singular
climate

Plural
climates

climate (plural climates)

  1. (obsolete) An area of the earth's surface between two parallels of latitude.
  2. The long-term manifestations of weather and other atmospheric conditions in a given area or country, now usually represented by the statistical summary of its weather conditions during a period long enough to ensure that representative values are obtained (generally 30 years).
  3. (figuratively) The context in general of a particular political, moral etc. situation.
    Industries that require a lot of fossil fuels are unlikely to be popular in the current political climate.

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