im·​per·​ma·​nent (ˌ)im-ˈpər-mə-nənt How to pronounce impermanent (audio)
: not permanent : transient
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 Even the technology of impermanent tattoos has changed. Leah Dolan, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 Her poems could be said to be influenced by this aesthetic, in which beauty is always imperfect, impermanent, or incomplete, and in which only three simple realities are acknowledged: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2023 All things in the garden, just as in life, are provisional and impermanent. Yiyun Li, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 The structure serves as both a physical storage space for archival materials and a symbolic representation of humanity’s desire to retain meaning in an impermanent world. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 8 Aug. 2023 The original statues are ageless and unyielding, but these incarnations are contemporary and impermanent. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 Those are impermanent, and impermanence is what allows for change. David Marchese David Marchese Photo Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 This date, marking the impermanent end of hostilities that resulted in more than 40,000 American dead and 100,000 wounded, rarely echoes loudly in our collective memory. Bobby Miller, National Review, 8 Aug. 2023 The first studies of repetitive TMS for smoking cessation, which stimulated the prefrontal cortex, found encouraging but impermanent effects. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 23 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impermanent was in 1653

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“Impermanent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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im·​per·​ma·​nent (ˈ)im-ˈpərm(-ə)-nənt How to pronounce impermanent (audio)
: not permanent : not lasting long
impermanently adverb

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