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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The condition of being temporal or bounded in time.
  • noun Temporal possessions, especially of the Church or clergy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In English law, the state or character of being temporary: opposed to perpetuity.
  • noun The laity.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being temporary; -- opposed to perpetuity.
  • noun obsolete The laity; temporality.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The condition of being bounded in time (of being temporal.)

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

  • noun the worldly possessions of a church

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