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phlegmatic

[ fleg-mat-ik ]
/ flɛgˈmæt ɪk /
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adjective
not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
self-possessed, calm, or composed.
of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm.
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Also phleg·mat·i·cal [fleg-mat-i-kuhl] /flɛgˈmæt ɪ kəl/ .

Origin of phlegmatic

1300–50; <Late Latin phlegmaticus<Greek phlegmatikós pertaining to phlegm, equivalent to phlegmat- (stem of phlégmaphlegm) + -ikos-ic; replacing Middle English fleumatik<Middle French fleumatique<Late Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for phlegmatic

phlegmatic

phlegmatical

/ (flɛɡˈmætɪk) /

adjective
having a stolid or unemotional disposition
not easily excited

Derived forms of phlegmatic

phlegmatically, adverbphlegmaticalness or phlegmaticness, noun
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Medical definitions for phlegmatic

phlegmatic
[ flĕg-mătĭk ]

adj.
Of or relating to phlegm.
Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional.
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