Definitions

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

  • adjective Lasting, used, serving, or enjoyed for a limited time.
  • noun One that serves for a limited time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent.
  • Contemporary; of the period.

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

  • adjective Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent.
  • adjective (Astron.) See under Star.

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

  • adjective For a limited time, ephemeral, not constant; transient
  • noun One serving for a limited time; short-term employee.

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

  • noun a worker (especially in an office) hired on a temporary basis
  • adjective lacking continuity or regularity
  • adjective not permanent; not lasting

Etymologies

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

[Latin temporārius, from tempus, tempor-, time.]

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From Latin temporarius, from tempus ("time")

Examples

  • V. i.145 (125,6) [nor a temporary medler] It is hard to know what is meant by a _temporary_ medler.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • And "trumpery insanity" was a popular catchphrase in the late 1800s, when the expression "temporary insanity" was much in use.

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  • We are concerned that President Obama offers only short term temporary tax relief for small businesses but still suggests future higher marginal tax rates for successful small businesses, our job creators, says Caroline Harris, chief tax counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Obama's $447-billion jobs plan faces opposition

  • We are concerned that President Obama offers only short term temporary tax relief for small businesses but still suggests future higher marginal tax rates for successful small businesses, our job creators, says Caroline Harris, chief tax counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Obama's $447-billion jobs plan faces opposition

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis, but downplayed the idea that a move could come in the near future.

    Zhou Signals Yuan Policy Shift

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis, but downplayed the idea that a move could come in the near future.

    Zhou Signals Yuan Policy Shift

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis.

    China Signals Defiance on U.S. Relations

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis, but downplayed the idea that a move could come in the near future.

    Zhou Signals Yuan Policy Shift

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis.

    China Signals Defiance on U.S. Relations

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis.

    China Signals Defiance on U.S. Relations

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  • "There's nothing so permanent as a temporary government program."

    - Milton Friedman.

    October 22, 2008