temperamental

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

Definition of temperamental

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or arising from temperament :  constitutional <temperamental peculiarities>

  2. 2a :  marked by excessive sensitivity and impulsive mood changes <a temperamental child>b :  unpredictable in behavior or performance <a temperamental computer>

temperamentally

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Examples of temperamental in a sentence

  1. The actor is known for being temperamental.

  2. The old computer is temperamental.

  3. They divorced due to temperamental differences.

1646

First Known Use of temperamental

1646


TEMPERAMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

temperamental

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

Definition of temperamental for English Language Learners

  • : likely to become upset or angry

  • : unpredictable in behavior or performance

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


TEMPERAMENTAL Defined for Kids

temperamental

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

Definition of temperamental for Students

  1. 1 :  likely to become angry or upset <The actor is known for being temperamental and storming off stage.>

  2. 2 :  unpredictable in behavior or performance <a temperamental car>

temperamentally

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