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[im-pur-muh-nuh nt] /ɪmˈpɜr mə nənt/
not permanent or enduring; transitory.
Origin of impermanent
1645-55; im-2 + permanent
Related forms
impermanence, impermanency, noun
impermanently, adverb
fleeting, temporary, ephemeral, evanescent. Unabridged
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  • Oh, but I am puzzled by the impermanence and the loneliness and the impotence of this Manuel!

    Figures of Earth James Branch Cabell
  • These added to Ray's feeling of restlessness and impermanence.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • The world's impermanence is still the same, And all material things are conformations Subject to pain, decay and dissolution.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • Even then what an intuitive dread had been upon him of the impermanence of things.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Thus the most obvious attribute of the cosmos is its impermanence.

  • Their hands are too short to seize anything tainted with impermanence.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
  • It is parenthetically to be noted how his afternoon fears of the impermanence of the Agence Moignon had vanished.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for impermanence


not permanent; fleeting; transitory
Derived Forms
impermanence, impermanency, noun
impermanently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for impermanence

1796, from impermanent + -ence. Impermanency is from 1640s.



1650s, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + permanent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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