• IPA: /flɛɡˈmætɪk/


  1. Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish.
    • 2013, A.O. Scott, “How It Looks to Think: Watch Her,” Rev. of Hannah Arendt, dir. by Margarethe von Trotta, New York Times 29 May 2013: C1. Print.
      Their friendship (immortalized in a splendid volume of letters that has clearly served as one of Ms. von Trotta's sources) is a fascinating study in cultural and temperamental contrast, an impulsive and witty American paired with a steady, phlegmatic German.
  2. (archaic) Abounding in phlegm.
    phlegmatic humors
    a phlegmatic constitution
  3. Generating, causing, or full of phlegm.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica
      cold and phlegmatic bodies
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phlegmatic (plural phlegmatics)

  1. One who has a phlegmatic disposition.

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