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phlegmatic

adjective phleg·mat·ic \fleg-ˈma-tik\

: not easily upset, excited, or angered

Full Definition of PHLEGMATIC

1
:  resembling, consisting of, or producing the humor phlegm(see phlegm)
2
:  having or showing a slow and stolid temperament
phleg·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PHLEGMATIC

  1. <a strangely phlegmatic response to what should have been happy news>
  2. Some people are phlegmatic, some highly strung. Some are anxious, others risk-seeking. Some are confident, others shy. Some are quiet, others loquacious. We call these differences personality … —Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999

Origin of PHLEGMATIC

(see phlegm)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PHLEGMATIC

impassive, stoic, phlegmatic, apathetic, stolid mean unresponsive to something that might normally excite interest or emotion. impassive stresses the absence of any external sign of emotion in action or facial expression <met the news with an impassive look>. stoic implies an apparent indifference to pleasure or especially to pain often as a matter of principle or self-discipline <was resolutely stoic even in adversity>. phlegmatic implies a temperament or constitution hard to arouse <a phlegmatic man unmoved by tears>. apathetic may imply a puzzling or deplorable indifference or inertness <charitable appeals met an apathetic response>. stolid implies a habitual absence of interest, responsiveness, or curiosity <stolid workers wedded to routine>.

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor
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phlegmatic

adjective phleg·mat·ic \fleg-ˈmat-ik\

Medical Definition of PHLEGMATIC

1
:  resembling, consisting of, or producing the humor phlegm
2
:  having or showing a slow and stolid temperament
phleg·mat·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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