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impermanent

[im-pur-muh-nuhnt]
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adjective
  1. not permanent or enduring; transitory.
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Origin of impermanent

First recorded in 1645–55; im-2 + permanent
Related formsim·per·ma·nence, im·per·ma·nen·cy, nounim·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb

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  • These added to Ray's feeling of restlessness and impermanence.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • Addy no longer railed at the impermanence and mutability of things.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • Even then what an intuitive dread had been upon him of the impermanence of things.

    The Shadow of Life

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • Their hands are too short to seize anything tainted with impermanence.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher

    Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner

  • The obsession of impermanence has often been sublimated into great mystic poetry.

    The Poet Li Po

    Arthur Waley


British Dictionary definitions for impermanence

impermanent

adjective
  1. not permanent; fleeting; transitory
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Derived Formsimpermanence or impermanency, nounimpermanently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impermanence

n.

1796, from impermanent + -ence. Impermanency is from 1640s.

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impermanent

adj.

1650s, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + permanent.

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