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Definitions for transitory
ˈtræn sɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -zɪ-tran·si·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory, fugaciousadjective

    lasting a very short time

    "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"


  1. transitoryadjective

    Lasting only a short time; temporary.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Continuing but a short time; speedily vanishing.

    Etymology: transitoire, Fr. transitorius, from transeo, Latin.

    If we love things have sought; age is a thing
    Which we are fifty years in compassing:
    If transitory things, which soon decay,
    Age must be loveliest at the latest day. John Donne.

    Religion prefers those pleasures which flow from the presence of God evermore, infinitely before the transitory pleasures of this world. John Tillotson, Sermons.


  1. transitory

    Transitory refers to something that is temporary, brief, short-lived, or not permanent. It signifies a condition, state, or occurrence that lasts for a very short time or changes quickly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transitoryadjective

    continuing only for a short time; not enduring; fleeting; evanescent


  1. Transitory

    lasting for a short time only.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transitory in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transitory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of transitory in a Sentence

  1. The Labor Department on Tuesday:

    But the broader trend supports what we believe – and what’s been echoed by everyone from the Federal Reserve to the markets, and private-sector forecasters – that inflation is transitory as we recover from the pandemic.

  2. Lawrence Gillum:

    Let's say the Fed is wrong and inflation's not transitory — then there's a lot of catch-up they need to play.

  3. Stephanie Roth:

    It still screams transitory to us, if we're wrong, it could shorten the economic cycle that we're in.

  4. Stuart Cole:

    Inflationary pressures do not look to be as transitory as the major central banks have been claiming, with the markets increasingly taking this view and leading to the tightening we have been seeing in the financial markets.

  5. Leo Grohowski:

    Inflation fears should dissipate a bit as growth worries come into play because of The Delta variant. I think The Fed will be proven to be correct about inflation as being largely transitory.

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    a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
    A meerschaum
    B nidus
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