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pro tempore

[proh tem-puh-ree; Latin proh tem-paw-re]
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  1. temporarily; for the time being.
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  1. temporary (often used postpositively): She is serving as a judge pro tempore.
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Also pro tem [proh tem] /ˈproʊ ˈtɛm/.

Origin of pro tempore

< Latin
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Related Words for pro tem

acting, alternate, brief, changeable, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, interim, limited, makeshift, momentary, mortal, passing, perishable, provisional, provisory, short

British Dictionary definitions for pro tem

pro tempore

adverb, adjective
  1. for the time beingOften shortened to: pro tem (ˈprəʊ ˈtɛm)
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Word Origin and History for pro tem

1828, short for pro tempore.

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pro tempore

Latin, literally "for the time (being)." Abbreviated form pro tem is attested by 1828.

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pro tem in Culture

pro tempore

[(proh tem-puh-ree)]

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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