tempera mental

temperamental

[tem-per-uh-men-tl, -pruh-men-, -per-men-]
adjective
1.
having or exhibiting a strongly marked, individual temperament.
2.
moody, irritable, or sensitive: a temperamental artist.
3.
given to erratic behavior; unpredictable.
4.
of or pertaining to temperament; constitutional: temperamental differences.

Origin:
1640–50; temperament + -al1

temperamentally, adverb
nontemperamental, adjective
nontemperamentally, adverb
untemperamental, adjective
untemperamentally, adverb


2. excitable, volatile, emotional.
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temperamental (ˌtɛmpərəˈmɛntəl, -prəˈmɛntəl)
 
adj
1.  easily upset or irritated; excitable; volatile
2.  of, relating to, or caused by temperament
3.  informal working erratically and inconsistently; unreliable: a temperamental sewing machine
 
tempera'mentally
 
adv

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temperamental
"of or pertaining to temperament," 1640s, from temperament; in the sense of "moody" it is recorded from 1907.
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