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Dictionary Definition

temporary adj
1 not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing" [syn: impermanent] [ant: permanent]
2 lacking continuity or regularity; "an irregular worker"; "employed on a temporary basis" [syn: irregular]

User Contributed Dictionary




From Latin temporarius from tempus ("time").


  1. For a limited time, ephemeral, not constant; transient


for a limited time, ephemeral, not constant


temporary (plural: temporaries)
  1. One serving for a limited time; short-term employee.


short-term employee

Extensive Definition

Temporary is a term that denotes a finite period of time, with a defined beginning and an end. It is derived from the Latin temporarius "of seasonal character, lasting a short time," from tempus (gen. temporis) "time, season." It is the opposite of permanent.It can also refer to any of the following:

See also

temporary in French: Temporaire
temporary in Simple English: Temporary

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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