[ tran-zish-uh-nl, ‐sish‐ ]
/ trænˈzɪʃ ə nl, ‐ˈsɪʃ‐ /
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of or relating to a transition from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another: transitional governments; transitional housing for people with serious mental illness.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Also tran·si·tion·ar·y [tran-zish-uh-ner-ee, ‐sish‐] /trænˈzɪʃ əˌnɛr i, ‐ˈsɪʃ‐/ .

Origin of transitional

First recorded in 1670–80; transition + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM transitional

tran·si·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·tran·si·tion·al, adjective
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How to use transitional in a sentence

  • There no transitionary stratum extends between the primeval granite and the erupted rocks.

    The Desert World|Arthur Mangin
  • This came about at the most intense stage of the modern transitionary period.

  • Mr. Stubbs remarks on the Assemblies of the transitionary period in pp. 465, 469 should be specially studied.

  • Not much beyond a century has passed since these were in the same convulsive and transitionary state as the Marquesans of to-day.

    In the South Seas|Robert Louis Stevenson