Simple Definition of temperament
: the usual attitude, mood, or behavior of a person or animal
Full Definition of temperament
3a : the peculiar or distinguishing mental or physical character determined by the relative proportions of the humors according to medieval physiologyb : characteristic or habitual inclination or mode of emotional response <a nervous temperament>c : extremely high sensibility; especially : excessive sensitiveness or irritability
5 : the slight modification of acoustically pure intervals in tuning a musical instrument; especially : modification that produces a set of 12 equally spaced tones to the octave
Examples of temperament
The two women were opposite in temperament.
<looking for a dog with a sweet temperament>
Origin of temperament
Middle English, from Latin temperamentum, from temperare to mix, temper
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of temperament
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Definition of temperament
: a person's attitude as it affects what he or she says or does <“Size has nothing to do with it. It's temperament and ability that count.” — E. B. White, Stuart Little>
Medical Definition of temperament
1: the peculiar or distinguishing mental or physical character determined by the relative proportions of the humors according to medieval physiology
2: characteristic or habitual inclination or mode of emotional response <a nervous temperament>
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