American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being temporal or bounded in time.
- n. Temporal possessions, especially of the Church or clergy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English law, the state or character of being temporary: opposed to perpetuity.
- n. The laity.
- n. A secular possession; specifically (in the plural), property and revenues of a religious corporation or an ecclesiastic, held for religious uses: contradistinguished from spiritualities, or matters of which the civil courts have no jurisdiction.
- n. The condition of being bounded in time (of being temporal.)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being temporary; -- opposed to
- n. obsolete The laity; temporality.
- n. That which pertains to temporal welfare; material interests; especially, the revenue of an ecclesiastic proceeding from lands, tenements, or lay fees, tithes, and the like; -- chiefly used in the plural.
- n. the worldly possessions of a church
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