Definitions

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  • noun Half or partly permanent.

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  • adjective Neither temporary nor entirely permanent; of indefinite duration

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  • adjective relating to or extending over a relatively long time

Etymologies

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semi- +‎ permanent

Examples

  • The museum could define itself as a performance venue and build an audience for a kind of semipermanent Folklife Festival under its roof.

    How can the American Latino Museum best answer the call of the Mall?

  • B" that proposed adding "semipermanent" members that would face reelection.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Greece would still be condemned to semipermanent austerity and recession.

    Hopes for Solution to Crisis Hang on ECB

  • His left eyebrow rises in a semipermanent arch, lending him an aspect of either surprise or skepticism when he speaks.

    The Listener

  • In the months and years that followed, the Mormon church became a semipermanent part of life in Felony Flats.

    The Sins of Brother Curtis

  • In some cases they put them in a “state of semipermanent civil war”; the conflict in Vietnam, for example, lasted thirty years and resulted in huge human losses, devastation of the land, and aborted economic development.10 The negative effects still linger in many areas.

    Between War and Peace

  • His latest product, Frizz-Ease 3-Day straight, is a semipermanent styling potion, for the lazy among us I'm including myself here, who don't want or need to wash their hair on a daily basis.

    The Taming of 'The Do'

  • His left eyebrow rises in a semipermanent arch, lending him an aspect of either surprise or skepticism when he speaks.

    The Listener

  • In short, with the filibuster — a dubious tradition that encourages senators to act as spoilers rather than legislators, and that has locked the political system into semipermanent paralysis by ensuring that important decisions are endlessly deferred.

    Matthew Yglesias » I Was Right About Something!

  • In short, with the filibuster — a dubious tradition that encourages senators to act as spoilers rather than legislators, and that has locked the political system into semipermanent paralysis by ensuring that important decisions are endlessly deferred.

    The Silenced Majority

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