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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pro tem
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  • "I'm looking after the business just now," admitted the pro tem.

  • The eyes were surprised at this observation because as he, the person who owned them pro tem.

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

    The Magazine Style-Code Leigh H. Irvine
  • Of course, the nine-point figure was really only a pro tem rating.

    The Unprotected Species Melvin Sturgis
  • Soon the rail was lined with signal boys, and signal boys, pro tem.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday
  • 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
  • We were received at the Profile House with a most smiling welcome by Mr. Weeks, the pro tem.

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

  • 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
  • They both wanted to reach their father first; he was the golden apple, pro tem.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
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 New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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