im·​per·​ma·​nent | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpərm-nənt How to pronounce impermanent (audio) , -ˈpər-mə- \

Definition of impermanent

: not permanent : transient

Other Words from impermanent

impermanently adverb

Examples of impermanent in a Sentence

built an impermanent structure to serve for the archaeologists' living quarters during the dig a summer romance that was an impermanent fancy, quickly forgotten
Recent Examples on the Web The mural's artist says it was designed to be impermanent. Patrick Koenigs, ABC News, 20 July 2022 Unlike many artists who would shudder at the prospect of obscurity, both find comfort in the impermanent spaces of their work. Laura Neilson, Vogue, 15 July 2022 The pandemic opened our eyes to the frailty of life and how impermanent things are. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Yet how accessible and transparent is a system that requires a 15-page glossary of terms (including concepts like hexadecimals, impermanent losses, nonces, oracles and vertical scaling) in order for readers to properly understand it? Daniel Rasmussen, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Diplomacy is an impermanent art at best, and the diplomacy in question was oddly inconclusive from the beginning. Michael Kimmage, The New Republic, 7 Feb. 2022 For most economists speaking of transitory inflation, the intention is to describe something that is transient and impermanent, Beckworth said. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 6 Dec. 2021 Her impermanent and autobiographical organic photographs ask the viewer to question production, consumption and ownership. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Mar Bella Figueroa, who refers to herself as an impermanent being, chimes in. Karina González, Allure, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of impermanent

1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Impermanent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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