tem·​per·​a·​men·​tal | \ ˌtem-p(ə-)rə-ˈmen-tᵊl, ˌtem-pər-ˈmen-\

Definition of temperamental

1a : marked by excessive sensitivity and impulsive mood changes a temperamental child
b : unpredictable in behavior or performance a temperamental computer
2 : of, relating to, or arising from temperament : constitutional temperamental peculiarities

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temperamentally \ ˌtem-​p(ə-​)rə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē , ˌtem-​pər-​ˈmen-​ \ adverb

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Examples of temperamental in a Sentence

The actor is known for being temperamental. The old computer is temperamental. They divorced due to temperamental differences.
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Florida weather is temperamental, especially during the summer months (ah, Hurricane season!). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Only True Disney World Fanatics Will Ace This Quiz," 13 July 2018 The 2,412-kilometer road is actually much improved from its original state, but the region's temperamental climate makes landslides and falling rock extremely common. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Awe-Inspiring Roads Around the World," 19 Oct. 2010 What’s more, swing voters — unlike centrist political elites — are not temperamental moderates. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Swing voters are extremely real," 23 July 2018 The movie had a troubled production history, with director Bryan Singer fired and replaced by Dexter Fletcher a few weeks before the shoot ended, reportedly due to a temperamental personality and chronic absenteeism. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 Indeed, President Donald Trump has made Turkey’s troubles worse with his typical temperamental bipolarity. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Turkey’s trouble is only the tip of a spear aimed at the economy," 14 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, storing propellants at such cold temperatures is difficult, and the liquids can get temperamental. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Europe will fire its record-setting big solid rocket motor this week," 11 July 2018 Juszkiewicz has a colourful reputation as a businessman, a reportedly irascible and temperamental character, he was known for taking his sales execs to a gun range to shoot up Fenders, Gibson's main rival guitar brand. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018 And then there is her famous friendship with the expansive Antonin Scalia, her legal and temperamental antithesis, which is a wonder to behold. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'RBG' is a love letter to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of temperamental

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of temperamental

: likely to become upset or angry

: unpredictable in behavior or performance

: of or relating to someone's usual attitude, mood, or behavior


tem·​per·​a·​men·​tal | \ ˌtem-pə-rə-ˈmen-tᵊl, -prə-ˈmen-tᵊl\

Kids Definition of temperamental

1 : likely to become angry or upset The actor is known for being temperamental and storming off stage.
2 : unpredictable in behavior or performance a temperamental car

Other Words from temperamental

temperamentally adverb

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