Definition of transitional in US English:



  • 1Relating to or characteristic of a process or period of transition.

    ‘a transitional government was appointed’
    • ‘A year into the job and still stuck in what he terms a transitional period, he is hamstrung by the need to offload several players before he can add to the squad.’
    • ‘The Government has put up cash for a two-year transitional period which will be overseen by the Forestry Commission.’
    • ‘The transitional period has been successively extended and is still in force today.’
    • ‘The major output of that transitional period, it seems, was this fascinating book.’
    • ‘The transitional period, as one regime merges awkwardly into another, has not been without its impact on the players.’
    • ‘At a wider level, it suggested the security and stability of Britain at this transitional period in its history.’
    • ‘The camerlengo supervises the administration of the Holy See during the transitional period.’
    • ‘Neither the Directive nor the Agreement provided for a transitional period or phased implementation.’
    • ‘One of these matters was mentioned in the preceding section in connection with Wittgenstein's transitional period.’
    • ‘They are going through a transitional period but the kids are gaining invaluable experience.’
    • ‘It will not be in charge of its own affairs until it has passed through a transitional period, one which is still continuing.’
    • ‘The months of October and March are transitional periods and are known as autumn and spring, respectively.’
    • ‘For some it has been really important in getting through in getting through difficult transitional periods.’
    • ‘After the transitional period, all issuers must file full interim and annual certificates.’
    • ‘A prison service spokesperson said some staff would be kept on at the prison over the transitional period.’
    • ‘Stage one saw the removal of most of the hereditary peers, leaving 92, who were to remain during a transitional period.’
    • ‘Are we living in a transitional period leading to that nightmare?’
    • ‘This is a transitional period and fingers crossed the new services will be available in April at the earliest.’
    • ‘The time of life which was the focus of most attention was the transitional period, which might extend from the onset of puberty to the late twenties.’
    • ‘The scheme will involve a transitional period of management leading to the purchase of the respective company.’
    intermediate, middle, midway, intervening, interposed
    interim, temporary, provisional, pro tem, stopgap, short-term, fill-in, make-do, acting, conditional, caretaker, working, contingent, makeshift
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    1. 1.1Architecture Of or denoting the last stage of Romanesque style, in which Gothic elements begin to appear.
      • ‘The new cathedral incorporated the transitional Gothic facade and the south tower, both survivors of the fire.’
      • ‘The Gothic stylistic elements that mark it as a transitional structure can best be seen in the chancel and the ambulatory with its famous stained-glass windows.’
      • ‘On top of the hill four sharp spires rise from the Transitional Gothic cathedral.’