im·​per·​ma·​nence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpərm-nən(t)s How to pronounce impermanence (audio) , -ˈpər-mə- \

Definition of impermanence

: the quality or state of being impermanent

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Examples of impermanence in a Sentence

the ancient Roman ruins are a telling reminder of the impermanence of even the grandest man-made constructions
Recent Examples on the Web Tough but temporary, the simian intervention reminds us of our physical impermanence and the beauty of everyday materials. Kim Tan,, "Eating out on Valentine’s is nice, but so is doing this," 9 Feb. 2020 And what separates her work from object-fixated, dollar-value art of the 21st century is an insistence on impermanence. New York Times, "At 88, Agnes Denes Finally Gets the Retrospective She Deserves," 7 Nov. 2019 Befitting of an area populated by transient creatives, new arrivals from around the world and a steady stream of tourists, impermanence is indeed a fundamental part of the Magic City. Zach Schlein, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Miami," 9 Oct. 2019 The diversity of norovirus strains and the impermanence of the immune response complicates development of an effective vaccine. Patricia L. Foster, The Conversation, "Your blood type may influence your vulnerability to norovirus, the winter vomiting virus," 10 Jan. 2020 But many Uighurs in Turkey find themselves in a state of impermanence. New York Times, "They Built a Homeland Far From China’s Grip. Now They’re Afraid.," 21 Dec. 2019 Both Buddhists and Navajo cultures have used mandalas made from sand to show the impermanence of life. Lyndi Mcnulty,, "An Eye for Art: Sharing her mandalas gives Westminster artist ‘feelings of peace’," 20 Nov. 2019 At others, a quiet crypt or a reverent patch of ground calls to attention the impermanence of life and the ever-turning hands of time. Nathan Strauss, National Geographic, "24 spooky places to visit around the world," 14 Oct. 2019 In hindsight, the impermanence of the three deal makers’ strategies is easy to skewer. Ed Hammondbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: When deal genius fails: Hard lessons from 3G, Valeant and SoftBank," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of impermanence

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Impermanence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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