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TEMPERAMENTAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does temperamental mean? 

TEMPERAMENTAL (adjective)
  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 


TEMPERAMENTAL (adjective)


Sense 1temperamental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or caused by temperament

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

temperamental indifference to neatness / temperamental peculiarities

Pertainym:

temperament (your usual mood)


Sense 2temperamental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subject to sharply varying moods

Synonyms:

moody; temperamental

Context example:

a temperamental opera singer

Similar:

emotional (of more than usual emotion)


Sense 3temperamental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Likely to perform unpredictably

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

undependable; unreliable (not worthy of reliance or trust)


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