- 1Relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular: the Church did not imitate the secular rulers who thought only of temporal gainMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Relating to time: the spatial and temporal dimensions of human interference in complex ecosystems
- 2.1 Grammar Relating to or denoting time or tense.More 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.
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- 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.
Middle English: from Old French temporel or Latin temporalis, from tempus, tempor- 'time'.
- Of or situated in the temples of the head.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from late Latin temporalis, from tempora 'the temples' (see temple2).