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transitory

[tran-si-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -zi-] /ˈtræn sɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -zɪ-/
adjective
1.
not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.
2.
lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English transitorie < Late Latin trānsitōrius fleeting (see transit, -tory1); replacing Middle English transitoire < Middle French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
transitorily
[tran-si-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-, tran-si-tawr-, -tohr-, -zi-] /ˈtræn sɪˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-, ˌtræn sɪˈtɔr-, -ˈtoʊr-, -zɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
transitoriness, noun
untransitorily, adverb
untransitoriness, noun
untransitory, adjective
Synonyms
2. See temporary.
Antonyms
2. permanent.
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British Dictionary definitions for transitorily

transitory

/ˈtrænsɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of short duration; transient or ephemeral
Derived Forms
transitorily, adverb
transitoriness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin transitōrius passing, from Latin transitus a crossing over; see transient
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Word Origin and History for transitorily

transitory

adj.

late 14c., from Old French transitoire (12c.), from Late Latin transitorius "passing, transient," from Latin, "allowing passage through," from transitus, past participle of transire "go or cross over" (see transient).

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