Definition of transitory in English:

transitory

Line breaks: tran¦si|tory
Pronunciation: /ˈtransɪt(ə)ri
 
, ˈtrɑːns-, -nz-/

adjective

Not permanent: transitory periods of medieval greatness
More example sentences
  • And of course newspapers have to find ways of protecting transitory information in a short time-frame and make money from it.
  • These paintings depicted the fleeting moments, transitory effects of atmosphere.
  • Consumption, as well as income, has both a permanent and a transitory component.
Synonyms
temporary, transient, brief, short, short-lived, short-term, impermanent, ephemeral, evanescent, momentary, fleeting, flying, passing, fugitive, flitting, fading, mutable, unstable, volatile, here today and gone tomorrow, fly-by-night
rare fugacious

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French transitoire, from Christian Latin transitorius, from transit- 'gone across' (see transit).

Derivatives

transitorily

adverb
More example sentences
  • However, strategist that he was, he chose to try to build for the future rather than satisfy the urge to tear at the transitorily entrenched.
  • The obvious ability for the transitorily poor to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps means that policy interventions on their behalf are not needed.
  • Peritoneal transport in peritoneal dialysis patients is not affected by transitorily successful renal transplantation.

transitoriness

noun
More example sentences
  • A sense of the mutability and transitoriness of the world is intensified by the departures, behind the wall, of a sailing ship and a steam-train.
  • At the same time, dance places this experience of identity in motion so that the dancing body comprehends the transitoriness of each moment and its changing relation to the flux of the world.
  • There's something that collectors alone appreciate, about the transitoriness of life, of the fragile miracle of ownership, and of the sense of bequeathing something to posterity.

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