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temporary

[tem-puh-rer-ee]
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adjective
  1. lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.
noun, plural tem·po·rar·ies.
  1. 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
Related formstem·po·rar·i·ly [tem-puh-rair-uh-lee, tem-puh-rer-] /ˌtɛm pəˈrɛər ə li, ˈtɛm pəˌrɛr-/, adverbtem·po·rar·i·ness, nounnon·tem·po·rar·i·ly, adverbnon·tem·po·rar·i·ness, nounnon·tem·po·rar·y, adjectiveun·tem·po·rar·y, adjective

Synonyms

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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.

Antonyms

1. permanent.
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Examples from the Web for temporariness

Historical Examples

  • The only effect it had on the position was that Uncle Mo's temporariness got a little boastful, and slighted his permanency.

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    William Frend De Morgan


British Dictionary definitions for temporariness

temporary

adjective
  1. not permanent; provisionaltemporary accommodation
  2. lasting only a short time; transitorytemporary relief from pain
noun plural -raries
  1. a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basisOften shortened to: temp
Derived Formstemporarily, adverbtemporariness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin temporārius, from tempus time
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Word Origin and History for temporariness

temporary

adj.

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

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