While a mood can change, your temperament is your overall tone most of the time. Just like dogs, people have temperaments: some are aggressive; some are playful; and some are just happy to carry your slippers.

Just as a temperature gives a reading of how hot or cold something is, your temperament gives a reading of your disposition, or general outlook. Some folks with optimistic temperaments see that glass as half full; other more pessimistic folks see it as half empty. And there are still others who prefer to drink straight from the bottle.

Primary Meanings of temperament

your usual mood
an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys
Full Definitions of temperament

n your usual mood

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aloneness, loneliness, lonesomeness, solitariness
a disposition toward being alone
animalism, physicality
preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
bloodiness, bloodthirstiness
a disposition to shed blood
heart, spirit
an inclination or tendency of a certain kind
a sensitive or highly strung temperament
esprit de corps, morale, team spirit
the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
having temperamental and changeable moods
temperament or disposition
a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable
permissiveness, tolerance
a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
restrictiveness, unpermissiveness
a lack of permissiveness or indulgence and a tendency to confine behavior within certain specified limits
good nature
a cheerful, obliging disposition
agreeability, agreeableness
a temperamental disposition to be agreeable
ill nature
a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
cheerful compliance
involuntariness, unwillingness
the trait of being unwilling
a friendly disposition
unsociability, unsociableness
an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
an unfriendly disposition
calm, calmness, composure, equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress
a temperament that is perturbed and lacking in composure
a general disposition to expect the best in all things
a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
the disposition and habits of an epicure
the disposition and habits of a gourmand
(psychology) an introverted disposition; concern with one's own thoughts and feelings
being without friends
a disposition to prefer seclusion or isolation
queasiness, restlessness, uneasiness
inability to rest or relax or be still
restiveness, skittishness
characterized by nervousness and quickness to take fright
acceptance, sufferance, toleration
a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations
indulgence, lenience, leniency
a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
too much permissiveness
sternness, strictness
uncompromising resolution
good will, goodwill, grace
a disposition to kindness and compassion
forbearance, longanimity, patience
good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
being without worry or concern
a disposition to laugh
complaisance, compliance, compliancy, deference, obligingness
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
crabbedness, crabbiness, crossness
a disposition to be ill-tempered
contrariness, crankiness, crotchetiness, grumpiness
a fussy and eccentric disposition
moroseness, sourness, sulkiness, sullenness
a sullen moody resentful disposition
biliousness, irritability, peevishness, pettishness, snappishness, surliness, temper
a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger
a dislike of anything that causes delay
a nature given to nagging or scolding
asperity, sharpness
harshness of manner
acerbity, acrimony, bitterness, jaundice, tartness, thorniness
a rough and bitter manner
aggressiveness, belligerence, pugnacity
a natural disposition to be hostile
contentiousness, quarrelsomeness
an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentious
eagerness, forwardness, readiness, zeal
prompt willingness
openness, receptiveness, receptivity
willingness or readiness to receive (especially impressions or ideas)
undivided commitment or unreserved enthusiasm
disinclination, hesitancy, hesitation, indisposition, reluctance
a certain degree of unwillingness
(psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness
affability, affableness, amiability, amiableness, bonhomie, geniality
a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
amicability, amicableness
having a disposition characterized by warmth and friendliness
closeness, familiarity, intimacy
close or warm friendship
accessibility, approachability
the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
a congenial disposition
amity, cordiality
a cordial disposition
good-neighborliness, good-neighbourliness, neighborliness, neighbourliness
a disposition to be friendly and helpful to neighbors
having a disposition that welcomes guests and is fond of entertaining
aloofness, remoteness, standoffishness, withdrawnness
a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
closeness, secretiveness
characterized by a lack of openness (especially about one's actions or purposes)
hostility, ill will
a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition
a disposition to behave aggressively
a disposition to dislike and mistrust other people
a disposition not to be congenial
an unneighborly disposition
having an unfriendly and inhospitable disposition
helpfulness, kindliness
friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition
aplomb, assuredness, cool, poise, sang-froid
great coolness and composure under strain
placidity, quiet, repose, serenity, tranquility, tranquillity
a disposition free from stress or emotion
disquiet, unease, uneasiness
the trait of seeming ill at ease
fluster, perturbation
a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
the agreeable quality of one who assents
Type of:
the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions

n excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)

Type of:
emotionalism, emotionality
emotional nature or quality

n an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys

equal temperament
the division of the scale based on an octave that is divided into twelve exactly equal semitones
Type of:
adjustment, readjustment, registration
the act of adjusting something to match a standard

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