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English definition of “temperamental”


adjective (PERSON)    /ˌtem.pər.əˈmen.təl/ /-prə-/ US  /-pɚ.əˈmen.t̬əl/
describes someone whose mood often changes very suddenly: Be careful how you approach her - she's very temperamental.Moods caused by your own character and feelings: There are temperamental similarities between the brothers.Moods temperamentally     /-i/ adverb Moods
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