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temperamental

adjective uk   /ˌtem.pər.əˈmen.təl/ /-prə-/  us   /-pɚ.əˈmen.t̬əl/

temperamental adjective (PERSON)

A tempermental person is someone whose mood often changes very suddenly: Be careful how you approach her - she's very temperamental. caused by your own character and feelings: There are temperamental similarities between the brothers.

temperamental adjective (MACHINE)

informal A temperamental machine sometimes works and sometimes does not: You have to treat our DVD player very carefully - it's rather temperamental.
temperamentally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
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