Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lasting, used, serving, or enjoyed for a limited time.
  • n. Informal One that serves for a limited time: an office staffed by temporaries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. For a limited time, ephemeral, not constant; transient
  • n. One serving for a limited time; short-term employee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent.
  • Contemporary; of the period.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a worker (especially in an office) hired on a temporary basis
  • adj. lacking continuity or regularity
  • adj. not permanent; not lasting

Etymologies

Latin temporārius, from tempus, tempor-, time.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin temporarius, from tempus ("time") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • V. i.145 (125,6) [nor a temporary medler] It is hard to know what is meant by a _temporary_ medler.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • And "trumpery insanity" was a popular catchphrase in the late 1800s, when the expression "temporary insanity" was much in use.

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  • We are concerned that President Obama offers only short term temporary tax relief for small businesses but still suggests future higher marginal tax rates for successful small businesses, our job creators, says Caroline Harris, chief tax counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Obama's $447-billion jobs plan faces opposition

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis.

    China Signals Defiance on U.S. Relations

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis, but downplayed the idea that a move could come in the near future.

    Zhou Signals Yuan Policy Shift

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China will eventually move away from its current exchange-rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis, but played down the idea that a move could come in the near future.

    China Signals Defiance on U.S. Relations

  • Zhou Xiaochuan said China would eventually move away from its current exchange rate policies, which he described as a temporary response to the global financial crisis, but he gave no timetable.

    Zhou Signals Yuan Policy Shift

  • We're talking about what they call temporary government programs.

    CNN Transcript Mar 2, 2009

  • He spent $230 million to purchase, gut and renovate the 300-room, 60-suite hotel, and went ahead with the grand opening so not to appear to respond to what he calls a temporary downturn.

    Los Angeles Luxury Hotels Hope the Downturn Skips Hollywood

  • Years ago I saw someone label temporary-contraception access for teen girls as genocide against his community.

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  • "There's nothing so permanent as a temporary government program."
    - Milton Friedman.

    October 22, 2008