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Definitions for temporal
ˈtɛm pər əl, ˈtɛm prəltem·po·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. temporal role, temporaladjective

    the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb

  2. temporaladjective

    not eternal

    "temporal matters of but fleeting moment"- F.D.Roosevelt

  3. temporaladjective

    of or relating to or limited by time

    "temporal processing"; "temporal dimensions"; "temporal and spacial boundaries"; "music is a temporal art"

  4. temporaladjective

    of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)

    "temporal bone"

  5. worldly, secular, temporaladjective

    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

    "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"

  6. temporaladjective

    of this earth or world

    "temporal joys"; "our temporal existence"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Temporaladjective

    Etymology: temporal, Fr. temporalis, low Latin.

    As there they sustain temporal life, so here they would learn to make provision for eternal. Richard Hooker.

    This sceptre shews the force of temporal power,
    The attribute to awe and majesty,
    Wherein doth sit the dread of kings. William Shakespeare.

    All the temporal lands, which men devout
    By testament have given to the church,
    Would they strip from us. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    All temporal power hath been wrested from the clergy, and much of their ecclesiastick. Jonathan Swift.

    Call not every temporal end a defiling of the intention, but only when it contradicts the ends of God, or when it is principally intended: for sometimes a temporal end is part of our duty; and such are all the actions of our calling. Taylor.

    Our petitions to God with regard to temporals, must be that medium of convenience proportioned to the several conditions of life. John Rogers, Serm.

    Copious bleeding, by opening the temporal arteries, are the most effectual remedies for a phrensy. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. temporal

    Temporal generally refers to anything relating to or limited by time, including properties, conditions, or states existing in time, or promptness. It can also relate to the physical world or secular affairs. In a more specific context like anatomy, it can refer to the temple region of the head.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Temporaladjective

    of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery

  2. Temporalnoun

    of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or eternal

  3. Temporalnoun

    civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical; as, temporal power; temporal courts

  4. Temporalnoun

    anything temporal or secular; a temporality; -- used chiefly in the plural


  1. Temporal

    Temporal is collection of music by Love Spirals Downwards, an ethereal band on the US record label, Projekt Records. It includes several previously unreleased songs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Temporal

    tem′por-al, adj. pertaining to time, esp. to this life or world—opposed to eternal: worldly, secular, or civil—opposed to sacred or ecclesiastical.—n. Temporal′ity, what pertains to temporal welfare: (pl.) secular possessions, revenues of an ecclesiastic proceeding from lands, tithes, and the like.—adv. Tem′porally.—n. Tem′poralness.—adv. Tem′porarily.—n. Tem′porariness.—adjs. Tem′porary, Temporā′neous, for a time only: transient.—n. Temporisā′tion.—v.i. Tem′porise, to comply with the time or occasion: to yield to circumstances.—ns. Tem′poriser; Tem′porising.—adv. Tem′porisingly. [Fr.,—L. tempus, time.]

Editors Contribution

  1. temporalnoun

    0.) A semiconductor mine field that is used in some electrical devices and a specialized beacon through an agency as the head of operations; in or from the time of temperature by word of mouth that transmits information. 1.) Relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular. 2.) Of or relating to time. 3.) Of or situated in the temple of the head.

    The Temporal Crime Division is the board of God's calculator in the field of justice.

    Etymology: Energy

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on January 24, 2024  

  2. temporal

    Relating to a bone of the skull in the head.

    The temporal bones are located in the head.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 6, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of temporal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of temporal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of temporal in a Sentence

  1. The FDA:

    Given the temporal association and biological plausibility, FDA agrees with the assessments of the investigators that these events were possibly related to study vaccine. … Therefore, [Guillain-Barre] is being considered an important potential risk.

  2. Saint Augustine:

    To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.

  3. Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui:

    These changes in the retina correlated with changes in parts of the brain called the entorhinal and temporal cortices, a hub for memory, navigation and the perception of time.

  4. Marion Woodman:

    It is amazing that our souls -- our eternal essences, with all their hopes an dreams and visions of an eternal world -- are contained within these temporal bodies.

  5. Ludwig Wittgenstein:

    Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.

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  • temporalCatalan, Valencian
  • spánkový, časový, světskýCzech
  • verdslig, tidsmæssigeDanish
  • vorübergehend, zeitlich, Schläfen, zeitweilig, diesseitig, temporär, Schläfen-, weltlichGerman
  • χρονικόςGreek
  • tempaEsperanto
  • sienes, temporalSpanish
  • aja-, ajaline, ajutineEstonian
  • زمانیPersian
  • maallinen, väliaikainen, ajallinen, aika-, ohimo-, hetkellinen, lyhytaikainenFinnish
  • temporelle, temporel, temporaireFrench
  • saoghaltaScottish Gaelic
  • זמניHebrew
  • temporaleItalian
  • templaris, temporarius, temporalis, temporalibusLatin
  • forbigående, jordisk, temporal, verdslig, timelig, temporærNorwegian
  • czasowyPolish
  • temporalPortuguese
  • temporal, trecător, temporarRomanian
  • временной, временный, преходящий, височныйRussian
  • tidsmässig, tillfällig, temporal, jordisk, världslig, temporär, tidsbundenSwedish
  • உலகியல்Tamil
  • muvakkat, geçici, cismani, dünyevi, zamana ait, fani, maddi, zamansalTurkish
  • Chinese

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