Synonyms and Antonyms of temporary
1 intended to last, continue, or serve for a limited time <summer workers looking for temporary accommodations in private homes> Synonyms ad interim, impermanent, interim, provisional, provisionary, provisory, short-term Related Words acting; alternate, proxy, substitute; expedient, improvised, makeshift; intermediary, intermediate, transitional; ephemeral, fleeting, fugitive, short-lived, transitory; conditional, contingent, limited, qualified, short-range, tentative; replaceable, terminable, terminate Near Antonyms final, fixed, set, settled; unconditional, unlimited, unqualified; extended, lasting, long-range, standing; dateless, deathless, endless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, perpetual, timeless, undying, unending Antonyms long-term, permanent
2 lasting only for a short time <a temporary lapse of memory> Synonyms brief, deciduous, ephemeral, evanescent, flash, fleeting, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, passing, short-lived, momentary, transient, transitoryRelated Words little, short, shortish; acting, interim, provisional, short-termNear Antonyms lifelong; continuing, durable, persistent; imperishable, indefectible, indestructibleAntonyms ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, lasting, long-lived, permanent, perpetual, timeless, undying, unending
3 serving in a position for the time being <the temporary head of the sales division> Synonyms ad interim, interim, provisional, provisionary, provisory, actingRelated Words alternate, backup, jackleg, make-do, makeshift, proxy, stopgap, substituteAntonyms long-term, permanent
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