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- Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish.
- 1873, Jules Verne, chapter 2, in Around the World in 80 Days:
- Calm and phlegmatic, with a clear eye, Mr. Fogg seemed a perfect type of that English composure which Angelica Kauffmann has so skilfully represented on canvas.
- 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.
- (archaic) Abounding in phlegm.
- phlegmatic humors
- a phlegmatic constitution
- Generating, causing, or full of phlegm.
- (calm and reasonable, tending not to get upset): apathetic, sluggish, cold-blooded, unflappable, stoic
- See also Thesaurus:calm
not easily excited to action
abounding in phlegm
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phlegmatic (plural phlegmatics)
- One who has a phlegmatic disposition.