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pro tempore

[ proh tem-puh-ree; Latin proh tem-paw-re ]
/ ˈproʊ ˈtɛm pəˌri; Latin ˈproʊ ˈtɛm pɔˌrɛ /
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adverb

temporarily; for the time being.

adjective

temporary (often used postpositively): She is serving as a judge pro tempore.

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Nearby words

pro rata, pro re nata, pro shop, pro tanto, pro tem, pro tempore, pro-, pro-am, pro-american, pro-ana, pro-british
Also pro tem [proh tem] /ˈproʊ ˈtɛm/.

Origin of pro tempore

< Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for pro tempore

pro tempore

/ Latin (ˈprəʊ ˈtɛmpərɪ) /

adverb, adjective

for the time beingOften shortened to: pro tem (ˈprəʊ ˈtɛm)
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Word Origin and History for pro tempore

pro tempore


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for pro tempore

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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