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[im-pur-muh-nuh nt] /ɪmˈpɜr mə nənt/
not permanent or enduring; transitory.
Origin of impermanent
First recorded in 1645-55; im-2 + permanent
Related forms
impermanence, impermanency, noun
impermanently, adverb
fleeting, temporary, ephemeral, evanescent. Unabridged
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  • Their lives are like their work,—impermanent, detached from others', unobserved.

    What eight million women want Rheta Childe Dorr
  • In such moments the thoughts that visited her were impermanent and fleeting.

  • This book tries in the light of historical practice merely to distinguish the permanent from the impermanent in technique.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • The necessity to counteract by impermanent sojourn the permanence of arrest.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • But it was one of the least frequent and the most impermanent of His moods.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • Fashion, as we have shown, had a slow and impermanent effect upon village ideals.

  • Speeches are—next to leading articles—the most impermanent of impermanent things.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Even on that view, however, the impermanent type must in some degree have affected that which survived.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
  • It had never occurred to any of us, somehow, that Fortune might be as transitory and impermanent as his patron goddess herself.

    Cape Breton Tales Harry James Smith
British Dictionary definitions for impermanent


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 impermanent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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