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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being temporary; -- opposed to perpetuity.
  • n. 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.

from The 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.

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

  • n. the worldly possessions of a church

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