- of or relating to time.
- pertaining to or concerned with the present life or this world; worldly: temporal joys.
- enduring for a time only; temporary; transitory (opposed to eternal).
- of, relating to, or expressing time: a temporal adjective, such as recent, or a temporal adverb, such as recently.
- of or relating to the tenses of a verb.
- secular, lay, or civil, as opposed to ecclesiastical.
- a temporal possession, estate, or the like; temporality.
- something that is temporal; a temporal matter or affair.
Origin of temporal1
- of, relating to, or situated near the temple or a temporal bone.
- any of several parts in the temporal region, especially the temporal bone.
Origin of temporal2
Examples from the Web for temporal
Naturalism tells us that mystics had temporal lobe epilepsy.Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven
October 8, 2014
Re-reading your own work, especially at some temporal distance, is a dangerous business.Kerouac Biographer Gets Back on the Road
October 2, 2014
Compulsive writing, or hypergraphia, is a well-known, if uncommon, symptom of temporal lobe epilepsy.
But a drug like lamotrigine is not selective, and so it also affects the behavior of the rest of the temporal lobe.
The temporal judgment regarding the bothers was guilty, and both were sentenced to death.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat
September 4, 2014
The Pharisees had need to keep alliance with the temporal powers.Understanding the Scriptures
The love of temporal dominion was ruining the Church of Rome.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
Their temporal sorrows have awakened their spiritual energies.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
It seemed a long time to Amelia before she awoke again to temporal things.Tiverton Tales
And observe how this bears on the question of the temporal power.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- of or relating to time
- of or relating to secular as opposed to spiritual or religious affairsthe lords spiritual and temporal
- lasting for a relatively short time
- grammar of or relating to tense or the linguistic expression of time in generala temporal adverb
- anatomy of, relating to, or near the temple or temples
Word Origin and History for temporal
mid-14c., "worldly, secular," later "of time, terrestrial, earthly" (late 14c.), "temporary, lasting only for a time" (late 14c.), from Old French temporal, from Latin temporalis "of time, temporary," from tempus (genitive temporis) "time, season, proper time or season," of unknown origin. Related: Temporality.
- Of, relating to, or near the temples of the skull.
- Relating to or near the bones that form the sides and part of the base of the skull.