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 Dictionary entry overview: What does temperamental mean? 

  The adjective TEMPERAMENTAL has 3 senses:

1. relating to or caused by temperament
2. subject to sharply varying moods
3. likely to perform unpredictably

  Familiarity information: TEMPERAMENTAL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Relating to or caused by temperament

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

temperamental indifference to neatness / temperamental peculiarities


temperament (your usual mood)

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Subject to sharply varying moods


moody; temperamental

Context example:

a temperamental opera singer


emotional (of more than usual emotion)

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Likely to perform unpredictably


erratic; temperamental

Context examples:

erratic winds are the bane of a sailor / a temperamental motor; sometimes it would start and sometimes it wouldn't / that beautiful but temperamental instrument the flute


undependable; unreliable (not worthy of reliance or trust)

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