Definition of Temporary

1. Noun. A worker (especially in an office) hired on a temporary basis.

Exact synonyms: Temp, Temporary Worker
Generic synonyms: Worker

2. Adjective. Not permanent; not lasting. "Temporary housing"

3. Adjective. Lacking continuity or regularity. "Employed on a temporary basis"
Exact synonyms: Irregular
Similar to: Part-time, Parttime
Derivative terms: Temporariness

Definition of Temporary

1. a. Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent; as, the patient has obtained temporary relief.

Definition of Temporary

1. Adjective. For a limited time, ephemeral, not constant; transient ¹

2. Noun. One serving for a limited time; short-term employee. ¹

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Definition of Temporary

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Medical Definition of Temporary

1. Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; not permanent; as, the patient has obtained temporary relief. "Temporary government of the city." (Motley) Temporary star. See Star. Origin: L. Temporarius, fr. Tempus, temporis, time: cf. F. Temporaire. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Temporary

temporary (current term)
temporary base
temporary callus
temporary cartilage
temporary denture
temporary expedient
temporary gentleman
temporary hookup
temporary injunction
temporary memory
temporary parasite
temporary removal
temporary restoration
temporary restraining order
temporary restraining orders

Literary usage of Temporary

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Jewish Year Book by American Jewish Committee, Jewish Publication Society of America (1920)
"COHEN, MAX, promoted assistant dental surgeon, with rank of lieutenant (junior grade), for temporary service, USN, Jan. 19, 1920. COHN, SAMUEL F.( promoted ..."

2. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1837)
"The suspension of specie payments, at such a time and under such circumstances as we have lately witnessed, could not be other 'than a temporary measure ..."

3. Who's who in America by John William Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis (1906)
"temporary ehm'n Stati . ... 19W, temporary and pernia - an. State Dem. Conv., 1902; mea 1st disc Mich.. 1903-5. Mich. ..."

4. American Literature by Thomas Ernest Rankin, Wilford Merton Aikin (1922)
"temporary, and Permanent Americans. — The writers of the first seventy years of the colonial period fall into two groups: those like Captain Smith, ..."

5. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"It is language contained in the provision just quoted which the court of claims found to be new, and constrained it to decide that a temporary employee who ..."

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