[proh tem-puh-ree; Latin proh tem-paw-re]
- temporarily; for the time being.
- temporary (often used postpositively): She is serving as a judge pro tempore.
Also pro tem [proh tem] /ˈproʊ ˈtɛm/.
Origin of pro tempore
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- for the time beingOften shortened to: pro tem (ˈprəʊ ˈtɛm)
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Word Origin and History for pro tempore
Latin, literally "for the time (being)." Abbreviated form pro tem is attested by 1828.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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.”
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