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

Definition of impermanent

: not permanent : transient

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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
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First Known Use of impermanent

1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Impermanent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of impermanent

formal : not lasting forever : not permanent

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