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pro tempore

[proh tem-puh-ree; Latin proh tem-paw-re] /ˈproʊ ˈtɛm pəˌri; Latin ˈproʊ ˈtɛm pɔˌrɛ/
temporarily; for the time being.
temporary (often used postpositively):
She is serving as a judge pro tempore.
Also, pro tem
[proh tem] /ˈproʊ ˈtɛm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pro tempore
< Latin Unabridged
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  • The natural haughtiness of those classic features was somewhat modified by a pro tem smile.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
  • "I'm looking after the business just now," admitted the pro tem.

  • Vice versa, en route, pro tem, and like words should go in roman.

    The Magazine Style-Code Leigh H. Irvine
  • The eyes were surprised at this observation because as he, the person who owned them pro tem.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The town clerk was perfectly aware that the Holy Roman Empire had come to an end, pro tem.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • When Handy and his pro tem landlord arrived in Weston they discovered the ever-faithful Smith at the station awaiting them.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Fabvier, as you know, held a chief command in Greece, and was elected governor of Paris pro tem.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • When vacancies occur in any of the elective offices of the Lodge, they must be filled by seniority or pro tem.

  • He would rally more quickly, and be enabled to think more clearly and consistently—at least pro tem.

  • Captain d'Harcourt had succeeded Major Brocard pro tem as commandant of the unit.

    Georges Guynemer Henry Bordeaux
British Dictionary definitions for pro tem

pro tempore

/ˈprəʊ ˈtɛmpərɪ/
adverb, adjective
for the time being Often shortened to pro tem (ˈprəʊ ˈtɛm)
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Word Origin and History for pro tem

1828, short for pro tempore.

pro tempore

Latin, literally "for the time (being)." Abbreviated form pro tem is attested by 1828.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pro tem in Culture
pro tempore (pro tem) [(proh tem-puh-ree)]

Temporarily: “While the president of the company is ill, the vice president will act as the leader pro tem.” From Latin, meaning “for the time being.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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