Definition of transitory in English:

transitory

adjective

  • Not permanent:

    ‘transitory periods of medieval greatness’
    • ‘And in this day to day life you live no more than in that moving and transitory moment.’
    • ‘And of course newspapers have to find ways of protecting transitory information in a short time-frame and make money from it.’
    • ‘As a result, there was a transitory period of political and economic stabilisation in the early twenties.’
    • ‘To most though, it's typical of the transitory nature of everything in town.’
    • ‘I think it was just hormones or something equally useless and transitory.’
    • ‘It was certainly part of his thinking, the transitory nature of things.’
    • ‘Given the marginal and transitory nature of these shows, it is a wonder that anyone remembers them at all.’
    • ‘Furthermore, a characteristic could be something temporary or transitory if the subject of taunts or insults.’
    • ‘Consumption, as well as income, has both a permanent and a transitory component.’
    • ‘I mean what could you possibly win, apart from cash and the kind of frankly transitory and ephemeral applause of certain kinds?’
    • ‘In short, knowing how transitory life is, let us seize the fleeting, refulgent moment.’
    • ‘For that one single moment, that transitory instant, I was actually delighted to see him again.’
    • ‘The visible things are transitory: it is the invisible things that are really permanent.’
    • ‘It is only prudent to renounce what is transitory and illegitimate for that is what is permanent and sublime.’
    • ‘The problem, however, is that the growth effect is transitory - a one off, as the British say.’
    • ‘These paintings depicted the fleeting moments, transitory effects of atmosphere.’
    • ‘The things that belong to the visible realm are transitory and impermanent.’
    • ‘In this way, the creative process is likened to a search for something that is evasive and transitory, something that is difficult to grasp.’
    • ‘They have faded quite a bit, and that makes perfect sense since they were created as transitory objects.’
    • ‘Some of her brief message-poems for friends can seem tenuous and transitory.’
    temporary, transient, brief, short, short-lived, short-term, impermanent, ephemeral, evanescent, momentary, fleeting, flying, passing, fugitive, flitting, fading, mutable, unstable, volatile, here today and gone tomorrow, fly-by-night
    fugacious
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French transitoire, from Christian Latin transitorius, from transit- gone across (see transit).

Pronunciation:

transitory

/ˈtransɪt(ə)ri/