[ tran-si-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -zi- ]
/ ˈtræn sɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -zɪ- /


not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.

Origin of transitory

1325–75; Middle English transitorie < Late Latin trānsitōrius fleeting (see transit, -tory1); replacing Middle English transitoire < Middle French < Late Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for transitoriness

/ (ˈtrænsɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /


of short duration; transient or ephemeral

Derived forms of transitory

transitorily, adverbtransitoriness, noun

Word Origin for transitory

C14: from Church Latin transitōrius passing, from Latin transitus a crossing over; see transient
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