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[tem-per-uh-men-tl, -pruh-men-, -per-men-] /ˌtɛm pər əˈmɛn tl, -prəˈmɛn-, -pərˈmɛn-/
having or exhibiting a strongly marked, individual temperament.
moody, irritable, or sensitive:
a temperamental artist.
given to erratic behavior; unpredictable.
of or relating to temperament; constitutional:
temperamental differences.
Origin of temperamental
First recorded in 1640-50; temperament + -al1
Related forms
temperamentally, adverb
nontemperamental, adjective
nontemperamentally, adverb
untemperamental, adjective
untemperamentally, adverb
2. excitable, volatile, emotional. Unabridged
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  • Irene Triesch, despite her unequivocal sincerity, is not temperamentally suited to the part.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • He temperamentally regarded the evil of the day as quite sufficient to it.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • There was something there—artistically, temperamentally, which was far and beyond the keenest suspicion of the herd.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • temperamentally, intellectually, the doctrines of Karl Marx are not for them.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Edwin M. Stanton was temperamentally just the man to become a good brother to Chandler and Wade.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • She said it, not because she wanted to give information, but because she was temperamentally outspoken.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • They had volunteered for the team and successfully passed the tests to weed out the temperamentally unfit or fainthearted.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for temperamentally


/ˌtɛmpərəˈmɛntəl; -prəˈmɛntəl/
easily upset or irritated; excitable; volatile
of, relating to, or caused by temperament
(informal) working erratically and inconsistently; unreliable: a temperamental sewing machine
Derived Forms
temperamentally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for temperamentally



"of or pertaining to temperament," 1640s, from temperament; in the sense of "moody" it is recorded from 1907.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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