- The definition of temporary is something which is not intended to last for a long time.
An example of something that would be described as temporary is a brief leave-of-absence you take from your job where you are gone only for a day or two.
Origin of temporaryClassical Latin temporarius ; from tempus, time: see temper
Origin of temporaryLatin temporārius, from tempus, tempor-, time.
(comparative more temporary, superlative most temporary)
- One serving for a limited time; short-term employee.
From Latin temporarius, from tempus (“time”)
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