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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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  • Physically impermanent and of uncertain long-term value, media art requires serious commitment.
  • We have built civilization's cornerstones on amorphous, impermanent stuff.
  • It is the spontaneous expression of instant thought-impermanent beyond even the ephemera of daily journalism.
  • They believe in an impermanent and illusory self made of shifting parts.
  • It is increasingly difficult to argue that the occupation is impermanent.
  • It's feeling the deep impermanence of life and yet seeing the funny, impermanent side of life.
  • These important habitats are rapidly being lost to development, due to their small size and impermanent waters.
  • Intended only as impermanent structures, none survive above ground.
  • Limestone was burned in either impermanent heaps, periodic kilns, or continuous kilns.
  • Some cities have agreed to higher density or impermanent structures in order to preserve an alignment.
British Dictionary definitions for impermanent


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

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

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