Definition of impermanent in US English:



  • Not permanent.

    • ‘The notion that life is transient, that the material is impermanent, is common to many religious and philosophical systems.’
    • ‘Life is suffering insofar as a healthy body can get sick and die, our thoughts cannot be sustained, and sensations, emotions and consciousness are all impermanent.’
    • ‘That is the fact that life is evanescent, impermanent.’
    • ‘We suffer because we imagine what is not self to be self, what is impermanent to be permanent, and what, from an ultimate viewpoint, is pain to be pleasure.’
    • ‘Even the permanent collection appears impermanent.’
    • ‘The pictures reflect an interest in the ephemeral, impermanent, transient nature of the world.’
    • ‘It's a small change and perhaps an impermanent one.’
    • ‘But misfortune had not finished with him: collectors dismissed the collages as fragile, impermanent; the exhibitions failed.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was once the case that artists were more likely to use impermanent materials in temporary installations than in works intended for longer existence.’
    • ‘Like multiple Babels, huge superstructures would last through eternity, teeming with impermanent subsystems that would mutate over time, beyond their control.’
    • ‘The things that belong to the visible realm are transitory and impermanent.’
    • ‘Organic and impermanent, the piece is at the mercy of its visitors: as they add to it, the work becomes a mishmash of influences, desires and visions, all of which can and will be amalgamated.’
    • ‘His thoughts on Futurist architecture were in accordance with the speed and changeability of modernity, although the monumental buildings in his drawings do not seem to be of the impermanent and transient kind.’
    • ‘He seeks benefit from things which do him injury, thinks the impermanent to be permanent, sees the highest good in that which is evil, and yet he does not see that death is coming upon him.’
    • ‘The moment when the big and small, the impermanent and the permanent, the accepted and the ‘scammy’ meet.’
    • ‘The new government is cautiously pronounced capable; the return of tourists this summer has suggested this lull may be less impermanent than others.’
    • ‘As a result, their masks are impermanent in many cases.’
    • ‘They exude the warmth of home, albeit an itinerant, impermanent home of temporary balconies.’
    • ‘Wisdom sees the impermanent, ephemeral nature of experience and the basic unreliability of these changing phenomena.’
    • ‘Matthias said beauty - being ephemeral, evanescent and impermanent - reminds us of death.’
    temporary, non-permanent, not permanent, transient, transitory, passing, fleeting, momentary, ephemeral, fugitive, fading
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