Phlegmatic temperament
Phlegmatic Phleg*mat"ic, a. [L. phlegmaticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. phlegmatique.] 1. Watery. [Obs.] ``Aqueous and phlegmatic.'' --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution. --Harvey. [1913 Webster]

3. Generating or causing phlegm. ``Cold and phlegmatic habitations.'' --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

4. Not easily excited to action or passion; cold; dull; sluggish; heavy; as, a phlegmatic person. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{Phlegmatic temperament} (Old Physiol.), lymphatic temperament. See under {Lymphatic}. [1913 Webster]


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