Temporal meaning

tĕmpər-əl, tĕmprəl
Of or relating to the material world, as opposed to spiritual.
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Of, relating to, or limited by time.

A temporal dimension; temporal and spatial boundaries.

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Secular or lay; civil.

Lords temporal and spiritual.

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Expressing time.

A temporal adverb.

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Of or relating to the material world; worldly.

The temporal possessions of the Church.

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Of or near the temple or temples (of the head)
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The definition of temporal is relating to the temples of the skull, limited by time or relating to this present life or world.

An example of temporal used as an adjective is a temporal lobe in the brain.

An example of temporal used as an adjective is temporal logic, the rules about reasoning in terms of time.

An example of temporal used as an adjective is temporal happiness which means happiness of this world, not happiness in the afterlife.

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Lasting only for a time; transitory; temporary, not eternal.
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Of this world; worldly, not spiritual.
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Civil or secular rather than ecclesiastical.
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Of or limited by time.
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Expressing distinctions in time; pertaining to tense.
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Relating to or near the temples of the skull.
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Relating to or near the bones that form the sides and part of the base of the skull.
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Having to do with time. Contrast with "spatial," which deals with space.
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Of or relating to time.
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Lasting a short time only.
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(chiefly in the plural) Anything temporal or secular; a temporality.

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Of the temples of the head.
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(anatomy) Either of the bones on the side of the skull, near the ears.
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Any of a reptile's scales on the side of the head between the parietal and supralabial scales, and behind the postocular scales.
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Lasting only for a time; not eternal; passing.

Our temporal existence.

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Of, relating to, or near the temples of the skull.
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Of limited time; not perpetual.
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Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical.

Temporal power; temporal courts.

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Origin of temporal

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin temporālis from tempus tempor- time

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin temporālis from Latin tempora pl. of tempus temple

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English temporal, from Old French temporal, from Latin temporalis, from tempus (“season, time, opportunity").

    From Wiktionary

  • From New Latin temporalis, from Latin tempora (“the temples"), plural of tempus (“temple, head, face").

    From Wiktionary