Definition of Phlegmatic

1. Adjective. Showing little emotion. "A phlegmatic...and certainly undemonstrative man"

Exact synonyms: Phlegmatical
Similar to: Unemotional
Derivative terms: Phlegm, Phlegm, Phlegm, Phlegm

Definition of Phlegmatic

1. a. Watery.

Definition of Phlegmatic

1. Adjective. Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish. ¹

2. Adjective. (archaic) Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution. ¹

3. Adjective. Generating, causing, or full of phlegm. ¹

4. Adjective. Watery. ¹

5. Noun. One who has a phlegmatic disposition. ¹

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Definition of Phlegmatic

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Phlegmatic

1. 1. Watery. "Aqueous and phlegmatic." 2. Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution. 3. Generating or causing phlegm. "Cold and phlegmatic habitations." 4. Not easily excited to action or passion; cold; dull; sluggish; heavy; as, a phlegmatic person. Phlegmatic temperament, lymphatic temperament. See Lymphatic. Origin: L. Phlegmaticus, Gr., cf. F. Phlegmatique. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Phlegmatic

phlebotomus fever
phlebotomus fever viruses
phlegmasia alba dolens
phlegmasia cerulea dolens
phlegmasia dolens
phlegmasia malabarica
phlegmatic (current term)

Literary usage of Phlegmatic

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1. Psychology, Or, A View of the Human Soul: Including Anthropology, Adapted by Friedrich August Rauch (1853)
"V The phlegmatic Temperament. In this, self-possession prevails, which does not ... The phlegmatic temperament has frequently been wronged, and looked on as ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1816)
"CHAP, phlegmatic people, ignorant of his language, was trans- LIX ported by the pathetic vehemence of hie tone and gestures ; and his progress, ..."

3. The Domestic World: A Practical Guide in All the Daily Difficulties of the by Robert Kemp Philp (1872)
"In sanguine and choleric the outline is convex ; phlegmatic and melancholic outline with ... phlegmatic. — The body bears a large proportion to the limbs, ..."

4. The Principles of Medical Psychology: Being the Outlines of a Course of Lectures by Ernst Feuchtersleben, Benjamin Guy Babington (1847)
"... the same, with slow, but enduring activity, gives the phlegmatic temperament.1 § 50. The sanguine temperament manifests, on the psychical side, ..."

5. The Institutes of Medicine by Martyn Paine (1867)
"THE phlegmatic, OR LYMPHATIC TEMPERAMENT. 600, a. The phlegmatic is characterized by slothfulness of mind, and by a simpler display of vegetative life than ..."

6. The History of America by William Robertson (1800)
"... evidence that they muft be p^P1"'"^ TH-V ' either a very gentle, or of a very phlegmatic temper, who, ..."

7. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England by Edward Hyde Clarendon (1807)
"... he made hafte to retract that confidence, and was in all his dif- patches afterwards phlegmatic enough; ..."

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