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temporal 1

Line breaks: tem|poral
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)r(ə)l/

adjective

1Relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular: the Church did not imitate the secular rulers who thought only of temporal gain
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  • The cardinal should leave temporal affairs to the government.
  • He was the temporal and spiritual ruler of the Muslim world.
  • Temporal and spiritual authority converge in him.
Synonyms
2Relating to time: the spatial and temporal dimensions of human interference in complex ecosystems
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  • This issue explores some of the temporal and political dimensions of art.
  • Ancient DNA provides a temporal dimension to the study of genetic variation.
  • These spectres exist in different temporal dimensions.
Synonyms
2.1 Grammar Relating to or denoting time or tense.
Example sentences
  • English has plenty of adjectives for modifying the temporal properties of nouns, including ‘former’, ‘recent’, and ‘forthcoming’.
  • The meaning of the tense morphemes alone does not completely determine the temporal interpretation of a sentence.
  • These meanings typically have to do with temporalor logical relations between the events described in the clauses.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French temporel or Latin temporalis, from tempus, tempor- 'time'.

Derivatives

temporally

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)rəli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • It is difficult not to get temporally disoriented here.
  • As the scenes move forward temporally the characters behave with slight differences to mark their maturity.
  • A blog is bite-sized and temporally arranged.

Words that rhyme with temporal

spatio-temporal

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temporal 2 Line breaks: tem|poral
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmp(ə)r(ə)l/

adjective

Anatomy
Of or situated in the temples of the head: arterial biopsy usually confirms the diagnosis of temporal arteritis
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  • The middle cerebral artery supplies much of the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes of the brain.
  • Commonly used sites for catheterization include the temporal veins.
  • A temporal artery biopsy is suggested.

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin temporalis, from tempora 'the temples' (see temple2).

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