I adjective brief, cursory, ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, flitting, fugacious, impermanent, momentary, not permanent, passing away, provisional, short lived, temporal, temporary, transient, unenduring, unstable, volatile associated concepts: transitory actions, transitory causes of action, transitory possession of property, transitory seizen, transitory trade name, transitory use and occupation, transitory work II index brief, ephemeral, interlocutory, profane, provisional, shifting, temporary, transient, volatile

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  • transitory — tran‧si‧to‧ry [ˈtrænztri ǁ tɔːri] adjective formal continuing or existing for only a short period of time: • The current weakness in gold is transitory and will eventually produce greater profits. • The last decade saw powerful but transitory… …   Financial and business terms

  • Transitory — Tran si*to*ry, a. [L. transitorius: cf. F. transitoire. See {Transient}.] Continuing only for a short time; not enduring; fleeting; evanescent. [1913 Webster] Comfort and succor all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble. Bk. of Com.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitory — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. transitoire (12c.), from L.L. transitorius passing, transient, from L., allowing passage through, from transitus, pp. of transire go or cross over (see TRANSIENT (Cf. transient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • transitory — *transient, passing, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent, short lived Antonyms: everlasting: perpetual …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • transitory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not permanent; short lived. DERIVATIVES transitorily adverb transitoriness noun. ORIGIN Latin transitorius, from transire go across …   English terms dictionary

  • transitory — [tran′sə tôr΄ē, tran′zətôr΄ē] adj. [ME transitorie < MFr transitoire < LL(Ec) transitorius < L, adapted for passing through < transitus: see TRANSIT] of a passing nature; not enduring or permanent; temporary, fleeting, or ephemeral;… …   English World dictionary

  • transitory — transient, transitory Both words mean ‘brief, fleeting’, with transient conveying rather more strongly the notion of people or things ‘passing through’ while transitory denotes temporary situations that are more static: • The highly transient… …   Modern English usage

  • transitory — [[t]træ̱nzɪtəri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that something is transitory, you mean that it lasts only for a short time. Most teenage romances are transitory. ...a sad reminder of the transitory nature of political success. Syn: transient …   English dictionary

  • transitory — adjective Etymology: Middle English transitorie, from Anglo French, from Late Latin transitorius, from Latin, of or allowing passage, from transire Date: 14th century 1. tending to pass away ; not persistent 2. of brief duration ; temporary < the …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • transitory — See transitory, transient …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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