Definitions

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

  • adjective Existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Passing without continuing; lasting only a short time; unstable and fleeting; speedily vanishing.
  • Occurring or done in passing; cursory.
  • Synonyms Fleeting, etc. (see transient), temporary, evanescent, ephemeral, momentary, short-lived.

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

  • adjective Continuing only for a short time; not enduring; fleeting; evanescent.
  • adjective (Law) an action which may be brought in any county, as actions for debt, and the like; -- opposed to local action.

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

  • adjective Lasting only a short time; temporary.

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

  • adjective lasting a very short time

Etymologies

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

[Middle English transitorie, from Old French transitoire, from Late Latin trānsitōrius, from Latin, having a passageway, from trānsitus, passage; see transit.]

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transit +‎ -ory.

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