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Initially is not upset regarding excessive temper (5)

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I believe the answer is:

inure

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Here is my best explanation:

'excessive temper' is the definition.

The answer and definition can be both related to change as well as being verbs in their base form.

Maybe there's a link between them I don't understand?

'initially is not upset regarding' is the subsidiary indication.

'initially' says to take the initial letters.

'not' becomes 'un' (I've seen this in other clues**).

'upset' says the letters should be written in reverse.

'regarding' becomes 're'.

The initial letter of 'is' is 'i'.

'un' backwards is 'nu'.

'i'+'nu'+'re'='inure'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for inure that I've seen before include "Harden, make accustomed to", "Become hardened", "get tougher", "Steel", "Accustom - harden", "harden attitude", "Habituate", "Harden against, make tough", "Cause to become hardened to" and "get used?".)

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