(Of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.
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- If we are as phlegmatic as we like to believe would we revel so conspicuously in our tragedy?
- However, he is a phlegmatic character, not fitting the crude European stereotype of a South American, and even in Spain they originally considered his style more North European than Mediterranean.
- Not that this is likely to perturb a phlegmatic character whose first start against Rangers feels as if it has been a long time coming, following substitute appearances in the past three derbies.
Middle English (in the sense 'relating to the humor phlegm'): from Old French fleumatique, via Latin from Greek phlegmatikos, from phlegma 'inflammation' (see phlegm).
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- Amid all this disorganisation, this nightmare of old furniture, useless machines and discarded objects sit young people, relatively neatly dressed, phlegmatically drinking coffee from old, cracked cups.
- Other wealthy nations, including some of the oil-rich Arab nations, were no better, phlegmatically reaching for the loose change in their purses.
- I pointed out the mysterious and mildly alarming position of the bag to an usher, and he, rather phlegmatically, held on to it until the woman returned to claim it.