impermanent

[im-pur-muh-nuhnt]

adjective

not permanent or enduring; transitory.

Nearby words

  1. imperil,
  2. imperious,
  3. imperishable,
  4. imperium,
  5. impermanence,
  6. impermeable,
  7. impermissible,
  8. impers.,
  9. imperscriptable,
  10. imperscriptible

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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British Dictionary definitions for impermanent

impermanent

adjective

not permanent; fleeting; transitory
Derived Formsimpermanence or impermanency, nounimpermanently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for impermanent

impermanent

adj.

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

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