or phleg·mat·i·cal

[ fleg-mat-ik or fleg-mat-i-kuhl ]
/ flɛgˈmæt ɪk or flɛgˈmæt ɪ kəl /


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.

Origin of phlegmatic

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

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British Dictionary definitions for phlegmatic



/ (flɛɡˈmætɪk) /


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

[ flĕg-mătĭk ]


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