impermanence

noun
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 The nomad existence is at once an acknowledgment of human impermanence and a protest against it. New York Times, "‘Nomadland’ Review: The Unsettled Americans," 18 Feb. 2021 As Gaby and Mal began looking for a more permanent home, my heart ached with my own impermanence in their lives. Drew Gregory, refinery29.com, "What Being Single During The Pandemic Taught Me About Friendship," 20 Jan. 2021 As Gaby and Mal began looking for a more permanent home, my heart ached with my own impermanence in their lives. Drew Gregory, refinery29.com, "What Being Single During The Pandemic Taught Me About Friendship," 20 Jan. 2021 As Gaby and Mal began looking for a more permanent home, my heart ached with my own impermanence in their lives. Drew Gregory, refinery29.com, "What Being Single During The Pandemic Taught Me About Friendship," 20 Jan. 2021 As Gaby and Mal began looking for a more permanent home, my heart ached with my own impermanence in their lives. Drew Gregory, refinery29.com, "What Being Single During The Pandemic Taught Me About Friendship," 18 Jan. 2021 All of us must contend with the pain of loss, the impermanence of our most treasured attachments, and the uncertainties of our contingent existence. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Michael Oakeshott, 30 Years Later," 18 Dec. 2020 In an industry where impermanence and budget cuts are the norm and job security is fleeting, Haefner has been delivering the news on the radio in his hometown of Detroit for 51 years. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "WJR news director Dick Haefner says goodbye to listeners after 51 years on Detroit radio," 10 Dec. 2020 Growing up in a military family meant a life of impermanence. National Geographic, "What is that glow from Europa?," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of impermanence

1796, in the meaning defined above

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7 Mar 2021

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“Impermanence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impermanence. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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