from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not lasting or durable; not permanent.

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  • adj. Not permanent; momentary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not permanent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not permanent; not enduring.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not permanent; not lasting
  • adj. existing or enduring for a limited time only


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  • Often translated as "impermanent," it's actually the negative of nicca, which means constant or dependable.

    All About Change by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

  • Now, the difference between "impermanent" and "inconstant" may seem semantic, but it's crucial to the way anicca functions in the Buddha's teachings.

    All About Change by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

  • What had seemed at first to be burns struck him now as something else — the skin was not taut like a scar, but instead strangely discolored, as if eaten by a delicate acid perhaps, or scorched by a particularly harsh sunburn, or even a kind of impermanent tattoo — something with diluted henna?

    The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  • By "impermanent," Gelugpas mean that awareness of objects changes from moment to moment, in the sense that the objects one is aware of change each moment.

    Introductory Comparison of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

  • Something rough comes to mind as to what it means when we think about the division of non-static, or "impermanent" phenomena into those that are forms of physical phenomena, those that are ways of being aware of something and those affecting variables that are neither – in other words, forms, minds and neither.

    The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra ��� Session Six

  •  Unlike me he had the wit to see your essential innocence, and he had decided that you would never enter the kind of impermanent relationship he most enjoys.

    Falcon's Prey

  • In what seems to be an effort to prove the "impermanent" nature of our presence at Palmerola, the Pentagon has given the American side of the base an oddly ramshackle appearance — in contrast to the elegance of the Honduran establishment on the other side of the barbed fence.

    The Country of Nada

  • "So much of it was about our experiences of being musicians and living that kind of impermanent lifestyle.

    Village Voice - The most recent 10 stories

  • Because everything is impermanent, including politicians and their governments, we have a responsibility to affect change that will bring about the conditions RIGHT NOW for others to find contentment and happiness.

    Matteo Pistono: Why I Went Public About Smuggling News of Brutal Crackdowns Out of China

  • Kanzaki-san taught me the true meaning of wabi-sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy that finds beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent and aged.

    Robyn Griggs Lawrence: Why Japan Will Weather This Disaster


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