[ 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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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 transitionaltran·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. Oseba's Last Discovery|George W. Bell
Mr. Stubbs remarks on the Assemblies of the transitionary period in pp. 465, 469 should be specially studied.The Growth of the English Constitution|Edward A. Freeman
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