- lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.
- an office worker hired, usually through an agency on a per diem basis, for a short period of time.
Origin of temporary
1540–50; < Latin temporārius, equivalent to tempor- (stem of tempus) time + -ārius -ary
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1. impermanent, passing. Temporary, transient, transitory agree in referring to that which is not lasting or permanent. Temporary implies an arrangement established with no thought of continuance but with the idea of being changed soon: a temporary structure. Transient describes that which is in the process of passing by, and which will therefore last or stay only a short time: a transient condition. Transitory describes an innate characteristic by which a thing, by its very nature, lasts only a short time: Life is transitory.
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Examples from the Web for temporariness
The only effect it had on the position was that Uncle Mo's temporariness got a little boastful, and slighted his permanency.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
- not permanent; provisionaltemporary accommodation
- lasting only a short time; transitorytemporary relief from pain
- a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basisOften shortened to: temp
C16: from Latin temporārius, from tempus time
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Word Origin and History for temporariness
1540s, from Latin temporarius "of seasonal character, lasting a short time," from tempus (genitive temporis) "time, season" (see temporal). The noun meaning "person employed only for a time" is recorded from 1848.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper