As temporal is the adjective which describes things relating to time, is there such a (non-hyphenated) word for temperature? The hyphenated 'temperature-related' works, but I'm curious about non-hyphenated ones.

For context, I'm looking for an equivalent phrase to "one's culinary preferences" but with the word as described above.

Google has thus far been unhelpful in my search, though it did lead me to this fantastic list: Adjectives of Relation.

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    You claim that 'temperature-related' ... is not a single word'. It depends on the definition of word. This source has: 'Is there an accepted rule in publishing about whether hyphenated words and phrases are counted as one word or multiple words?' ... 'I've seen both ways listed in submission guidelines, so I'm not sure there is one definitive answer.' Feb 27, 2014 at 23:55
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    Fair point. Either way, I don't want a hyphen. Feb 28, 2014 at 0:26
  • Really, Aidan? Can you explain why you can't accept a hyphen? In any case, can you explain what your dictionaries, thesauruses or search engines left unclear? Dec 4, 2018 at 22:20
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    I've edited the question to specify that I'm interested in non-hyphenated words. I really don't care whether you consider a word to be allowed to have hyphens or not; rather, I'm curious if anyone knows a word that I'm looking for. Like many things in writing, it's not that big a deal. Dec 6, 2018 at 1:40

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Perhaps thermal would work.

thermal adjective

Relating to heat:
thermal conductivity
the thermal properties of food



There is thermic or thermal, "related to heat", which would fit your context. Temperature is, after all, exclusively about the presence and quantity of energy in the form of heat. A thermometer measures temperature. Greek thermos means "hot", Latin temperatura means something like "measurement, temperature", ultimately from tempus, "(proportion of) time".


If you were referring to scientific measures of temperature, caloric might suit

Of or relating to heat; calorific


If you are using it in a culinary book, you could use

"one's heating preferences"

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