tem·​per·​a·​men·​tal | \ ˌtem-p(ə-)rə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce temperamental (audio) , 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

Other Words from temperamental

temperamentally \ ˌtem-​p(ə-​)rə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce temperamental (audio) , 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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First Known Use of temperamental

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for temperamental

borrowed from New Latin temperāmentālis "of the temperament," from Latin temperāmentum temperament + -ālis -al entry 1

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17 May 2022

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“Temperamental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temperamental. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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tem·​per·​a·​men·​tal | \ ˌtem-pə-rə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce temperamental (audio) , -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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