Definition of transitional in English:

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Pronunciation: /tranˈziSH(ə)n(ə)l/


1Relating to or characteristic of a process or period of transition: a transitional government was appointed
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  • A year into the job and still stuck in what he terms a transitional period, he is hamstrung by the need to offload several players before he can add to the squad.
  • The Government has put up cash for a two-year transitional period which will be overseen by the Forestry Commission.
  • The transitional period, as one regime merges awkwardly into another, has not been without its impact on the players.
changeover, interim;
changing, fluid, in flux, unsettled, intermediate, liminal
1.1 (Transitional) Architecture Of or denoting the last stage of Romanesque style, in which Gothic elements begin to appear.
Example sentences
  • The new cathedral incorporated the transitional Gothic facade and the south tower, both survivors of the fire.
  • The Gothic stylistic elements that mark it as a transitional structure can best be seen in the chancel and the ambulatory with its famous stained-glass windows.
  • On top of the hill four sharp spires rise from the Transitional Gothic cathedral.



Pronunciation: /-SHənlē/
Example sentences
  • As coccolith content increases the calcareous mudstone passes transitionally to a coccolith limestone.
  • It's better to transitionally regulate Muslim schools in the state sector than have private faith schools over which there is no state control and supervision.
  • If anything, I carry my atheism more happily for having arrived at it by a transitionally religious route.

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Syllabification: tran·si·tion·al

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