pro tempore

[ proh -tem-puh-ree; Latin proh -tem-paw-re ]
/ ˈproʊ ˈtɛm pəˌri; Latin ˈproʊ ˈtɛm pɔˌrɛ /
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temporarily; for the time being.


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

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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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Cultural 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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