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[im-pur-muh-nuh nt] /ɪmˈpɜr mə nənt/
not permanent or enduring; transitory.
Origin of impermanent
1645-55; im-2 + permanent
Related forms
impermanence, impermanency, noun
impermanently, adverb
fleeting, temporary, ephemeral, evanescent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impermanence
  • It was used to refer to the impermanence of the world, and the suffering that results from this impermanence.
  • It records a trace of humanity, homage to impermanence.
  • In addition, his use of the endpapers seemed a statement about impermanence.
  • My beloved animals have taught me that in life there is suffering and impermanence.
  • Increasingly, a sense of impermanence pervades the smoker's world.
  • The span and depth of the essays portray the wide range of career transitions and the growing impermanence of careers themselves.
  • Paper's impermanence does not dissuade artists from making work that is significant, however.
  • With each change in placement, children may experience an increased sense of rejection and impermanence.
  • The impermanence definitely didn't deter enrollment.
  • The tension and sense of impermanence virtually disappeared.
British Dictionary definitions for impermanence


not permanent; fleeting; transitory
Derived Forms
impermanence, impermanency, noun
impermanently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impermanence

1796, from impermanent + -ence. Impermanency is from 1640s.



1650s, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + permanent.

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